Wipers

Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, CV1 1GS

Presented by Belgrade Theatre, Curve Theatre Leicester and Watford Palace Theatre

Presented by Belgrade Theatre, Curve Theatre Leicester and Watford Palace Theatre

October 1914, Ypres, Belgium. The British forces, bolstered by huge numbers of volunteer soldiers from across the Empire have suffered huge casualties in one of the first bloody battles of The Great War.

As a sole survivor on the battlefield holds off the advancing enemy troops, a group of South Asian and British soldiers seek refuge in an abandoned barn. Over the course of a single night, this group of men must confront their fears and find a way to come together if they are to survive.

Wipers is inspired by the real life story of Khudadad Khan, the first South Asian soldier to be awarded a Victoria Cross for his extraordinary bravery at the First Battle of Ypres — a site that went on to be known as “Wipers” by the soldiers who fought there.

This explosive new play by acclaimed playwright Ishy Din and directed by Suba Das, honours the contribution of the million South Asian soldiers who fought alongside their British brothers during the First World War.

“This is the most accomplished and assured first play I have seen for years” The Independent on Snookered by Ishy Din

Running time: approx. 1 hour, 30 mins with no interval

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