Hailed as a cultural landmark of the 21st century, Black Watch has received standing ovations and enjoyed sold-out performances everywhere it has appeared, garnering over 20 international awards along the way. Now Chicago theater-lovers can join the tens of thousands of people across three continents who have made this production the soaring international success it is today. Chicago’s Broadway Armory will create a dramatic military environment for this searing exploration of Scotland’s legendary regiment, as it hurls audience members into the frontline soldier’s experience through an astonishingly theatrical use of movement, music and song.
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes (no intermission)
International programming at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
is supported, in part, by the Julius Frankel Foundation.
Hurtling from a pool room in Fife to an armored wagon in Iraq, Black Watch is based on interviews conducted by playwright Gregory Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq. Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror and what it means to make the journey home again. John Tiffany’s production makes powerful and inventive use of movement, music and song to create a visceral, complex and urgent piece of theatre.