Following a successful debut at the Frome Festival in Somerset, A Thousand Sons, a new play exploring the real-life fallout of nuclear testing, is coming to Camden Fringe this summer with performances at London’s Etcetera Theatre for four performances only from 18 to 27 August 2021.
A Thousand Sons is a one-person show, written and performed by Jamie Sefton, telling the story of British veterans who were used as guinea pigs in nuclear weapon testing.
This story belongs to Bertie; a British veteran who witnessed four nuclear test detonations on Christmas Island in the 1950s. He has seen the horrors first hand and felt the fallout on a very personal level.
We follow him through his life: from a young soldier being caught in the detonation of a nuclear bomb, to a husband and father of a fractured family, to an old man fighting for justice.
Bertie is a fictional character. However, all events are based on the true stories of British service personnel, explored through action, poetry and verbatim testimony.
A Thousand Sons was the 2019 winner of the Max Adrian Award (Guildford School of Acting) for new writing and performance.
During Camden Fringe 2021, A Thousand Sons runs at the Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU, with performances (45 minutes) on Wednesday 18 August at 9.30pm and 25-27 August at 11.30am. Tickets are priced £8.50 (£7 concessions). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
“This play needs to be seen… To hear Bertie’s story told in such a captivating way was something very special indeed.… The passion of this young writer was evident. He wants this story to be told for the sake of all the Berties whose story this is based on – and after watching it, so did we” – Frome Festival review
What audiences say
“I have been talking about it to people all over. Very powerful work”
“Very informative and moving”
“Absolutely amazing event”
“So powerful and so informative”
— A THOUSAND SONS (@a_thousand_sons) July 22, 2021