Journey’s End

Journey’s End by R C Sheriff is set during World War I and concerns a group of British soldiers, showing the effects the war has on them – both physically and mentally. Stanhope, a young Captain promoted beyond his years, prepares his men for a daring raid across No Man’s Land and an impending enemy attack. Based on Sherriff’s experience in the trenches, this outstanding play, with its humour, courage and fear, is as pertinent now as ever.

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Play description

Set in a dug-out near St Quentin just before the last great German offensive, the play has the quiet, unforced moral authority that comes from first-hand experience. Sheriff had seen active service at the front. Part of the play’s power derives from the loving intimacy with which it depicts day-to-day life in the trenches – drawing attention to details like the soldierly distraction of organising earwig races, the long periods of uncanny quiet between bombardments, or the odd bodily reaction of men about to go on a dangerous mission.


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