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The Man Who Left Is Not The Man Who Came Home

A new play by Kevin Dyer presented by Farnham Maltings*

‘We started it – pancakes, breakfast the next morning, wedding, holidays, lie-ins on a Sunday, two beautiful girls – and when you get back, we’ll finish it. I love you.’

Alongside Chloe’s future hopes come imminent challenges. Because being married to the military means facing deployment. Behind closed doors there’s tenderness and humour, but as the day of Ashley’s departure comes ever closer, anxiety and confrontations multiply.

‘I will not let my tears rust your suit of armour.’

The Man Who Left is Not the Man Who Came Home is the product of over a hundred one-to-one interviews with soldiers and their wives – where secrets, regrets and experiences have been shared for the first time. A story of resilience, of hope, of change – and what it’s like when the man you love is going to war and might not come back

Kevin Dyer’s new play, performed by Stephanie Greer and Sam C Wilson with Sam Trussler, a military wife, will be followed by an open conversation about the themes of the play, and the country we live in.

Book your tickets to see The Man Who Left is Not the Man Who Came Home at Hampshire Cultural Trust's Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham now! 

Running time: approx 90 minutes, including an open conversation about the themes of the play, and the country we live in. There is no interval.

Age recommend: 14+. Contains strong language and scenes that some audience members may find upsetting. 


Writer/Director Kevin Dyer
Designer David Haworth
Composer Ben Mason
Stage Manager Kate Bosomworth
Cast Stephanie Greer, Sam C Wilson and Sam Trussler

Image concept by Émilie Chen. Illustration by Aleksandra Stanglewicz

*Farnham Maltings is a cultural organisation that works with artists and communities of South East England to encourage the most people to make the best art they can. We believe that the arts help us to make sense of the world, bring people together and articulate new ideas. By encouraging people to participate in the arts, as audiences and makers, we will foster a healthier, happier and safer contemporary Britain. We are curious about how we make and build an audience for contemporary theatre. We support a network of 180 venues across the region, organise a bi- annual showcase of new English performance for an international audience, produce a stable of independent theatre companies and are working to diversify the makers and audience for the arts. Farnham Maltings is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and receives specifics support for its international programme. Registered charity number 305034.

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