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Outing Q&A: Writer, director & cast discuss Our Boys

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Last night (9 October) we took theatregoers to Jonathan Lewis' Our Boys, starring Laurence Fox and Matthew Lewis, among others.

The play gives a funny yet candid account of the tedium, terror and tribulations suffered by five young soldiers recovering from injuries incurred in the line of duty, and is based on Lewis' own experiences.

Directed by David Grindley, Our Boys has designs by Jonathan Fensom and runs at the Duchess Theatre until 15 December.

After the show, we were joined by director Grindley, writer Lewis plus members of the cast for a Q&A.

Lewis Reeves, Jolyon Coy, Matthew Lewis, Cian Barry, David Grindley, Jonathan Lewis, Laurence Fox & host Terri Paddock

Playwright Lewis talked about his own experiences in the army which heavily influenced the play, and how Jolyon Coy's character is based on himself. Director Grindley then told us of his previous experience with the play, as an ASM on the original production.

Grindley talked about the similarities of working on Journey's End with this production of Our Boys, and the cast each discussed their roles and what attracted them to them. They also talked about meeting and talking to soldiers, and how that helped their understanding of the characters,

Finally, the secrets of the Beer Hunter game in the show were revealed, and Lewis told us his own story of when and how he left the army.

To listen to the Q&A, which was hosted by Terri Paddock, click the 'play' button below; or to subscribe and download from iTunes, click here.

As always, please feel free to email your comments and thoughts about the show, as well as any of your favourite insights from last night to [email protected] and don't forget to tweet using #WOSOuting! We would love to hear from you.

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- by Rosie Bannister

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