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War in America

War in America is a searing insight into the political elite and the games they play in the pursuit of power. Jo Clifford's poignant and poetic play paints a vivid picture of a country in political turmoil. With changes in the party and a new female leader set on pursuing the truth, what evils will be deemed necessary, will each side stop at nothing to get what they want? How long can the nation stand when the political and the personal collide? When truth is a dishonourable business? A moment of certainty must come... This is a democracy after all. Read more …

Clifford's foresight is a damning critique on lessons not learnt and history repeating itself...

The critical consensus

If the sight of a pair of machine-gunned SAS types is scarily prescient, as the cast of eighteen unravel the play's multi-faceted Greek-styled spectacle of public ritual, a spiritual dimension emerges that becomes an urgent plea for humanity.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 26/05/2017

If the run of this show is brief, it still deserves the widest of audiences, and a memorable roar of applause.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 27/05/2017

The Attic Collective’s War in America is passionate, emotional and committed – but not over-earnest, and certainly not polite.

****(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 27/05/2017

Though not a satisfying conclusion or thorough portrayal of our complex political climate, this performance and its unique setting lends nuanced voices to modern political frustrations, touching on issues of gender and culpability in a sophisticated way that shouldn’t be missed.

****(*)Emily Hall, The Reviews Hub, 27/05/2017

Features about War in America

Theatre preview: War in America at the former Royal High School

John Kennedy, The Edinburgh Reporter, 05/04/2017

Jo Clifford on War in America

Amy Taylor, The Skinny, 19/05/2017

Where and when?

King's Theatre, Edinburgh from Wednesday May 24, 2017, until Saturday May 27, 2017. Performs at former Royal High School, Regent Road. More info:

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