"All ladies and gentlemen that are willing to see the comedy called the recruiting officer, let them repair tonight by seven o'clock to the sign of the old red lion in islington, and they shall be kindly entertained."
Shrewsbury, 2014. Captain Plume has returned from Syria under orders to recruit for the continued conflict. He is not confident that the prospect of fighting for the good of Queen and country will be reward enough for the unsuspecting locals, so he has to resort to rather more underhand measures. Whilst there, he encounters his old flame, Silvia, who has rather more to test him with than he bargained for.
Written in 1706, The Recruiting Officer gives a no-holds-barred account of the methods and tactics of warfare. In its scathing satire of the lengths to which those in authority will go to obtain what they want, it finds an easy home in the 21st Century.
Scrappy, but likeable revival of George Farquhar’s satire