Written by Gregory Burke and directed by John Tiffany, Black Watch is a Scottish Army regiment's eye-view of the war in Iraq. The play is based on interviews Burke conducted with soldiers who served, and hurtles from a pool hall in Fife to an armored wagon near Fallujah. Black Watch was the first piece of theater about the war to tell the story from the point of view of the soldiers, which it does via docudrama, video sequences, song, dance, panoramic historical sequences, an extraordinary sound score and in-the-moment acting. The ensemble cast members move in synchronicity with drill-time precision. Each and every one of them is a distinctive blend of fears, ambitions and confusion.
Since its very first performances in 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch has enjoyed extraordinary critical acclaim and sold-out performances everywhere it has appeared. When St. Ann's Warehouse presented the New York premiere in 2007, Ben Brantley of The New York Times called Black Watch "one of the most richly human works of art to have emerged from this long-lived [Iraq] war" and "an essential testament to the abiding relevance--and necessity--of theater."