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Army Girl

7th – 11th September 2021.

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Army girl is a one-woman show with music and song, directed by Judey Bignell and starring Katie Smale, and singer Esme Sarfas. The production is being staged by Damian Darkness Productions, and will run over five nights from 7th to 11th September 2021.

‘Army Girl is best described as a stream of consciousness prose poem about Northern Ireland in 1974/5, two of its bloodiest years. The work of female soldiers in covert army units has seldom been told but I believe they were the pathfinders for the female combat soldiers of today. The songs are intended to say something beyond the troubles in Northern Ireland and something universal about the life of a soldier. So the themes include love in wartime, return from war, death and survival. There is an oral tradition of storytelling within military life, hopefully Army Girl will be seen in this tradition’.

Damian Darkness



Cast and Crew

Katie Smale –Army Girl

Katie recently graduated from RADA and filmed Death on the Nile directed by Kenneth Branagh. At RADA she has had leading roles in many theatre productions!

Here she is in an excellent interview with the BFBS discussing Army Girl.


Esme Sarfas –Singer

Damian Darkness – Writer

To hear the writer Damian Darkness talking a lost generation of women soldiers in Northern Ireland, and why he had to write about them in this important new play, listen here to his recent interview with the British Forces Broadcasting Service:


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