Theatre review: The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning. Pic: Comp
The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning. Pic: Comp
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IT’S been less than a month since US soldier Bradley Manning was found guilty of forwarding state documents to WikiLeaks.

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St Thomas of Aquins Secondary School

Since his arrest in 2010, Manning has not only caused widespread debate, but has also become one of the most important political media stories to date.

But what was it that brought this man to carry out his actions?

Dating back from his school days in Wales to his intense army training, Tim Price’s script is a fictionalised account of Manning’s solitary life that delves into past events leading up to his actions.

Price presents to us a bold and powerful script from the start, and with a 90 minute run time there’s a lot of information to consume.

Performed at St Thomas of Aquins Secondary School on Chalmers Street, each scene is intricately folded into the next, with the character of Manning interchanging between male and female roles.

In parts, it’s a demanding piece to watch, which can make it challenging to absorb this character and the various events within his life.

But its director, John E McGrath, brings the piece to life with wonderfully choreographed dance sequences and stunning visuals.

National Theatre Wales have certainly produced a brave and radical piece. Despite its non-biographical status, its abstract views will no doubt be at the forefront of political debate over the remainder of the Fringe.

Until 25 August