Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth, SKaGeN & Richard Jordan Productions Ltd

Written by

Valentijn Dhaenens


Valentijn Dhaenens returns to the Theatre Royal Plymouth with SmallWaR, set in 1914 in a field dressing station behind the front lines.

Dhaenens as a nurse, maintaining a watchful vigil with her patients, discovers, confronts and observes. In turn, Dhaenens is confronted by simultaneous digital versions of himself, as a series of combatants arise from the shadows.

Set against an impressive video matrix by the installation artist, Jeroen Wuyts, SmallWaR tells its stories in the words of those who were there, those who led the way, and those who followed.

“When clean little lives, when clean little souls boil up in the backwash, they will consolidate, after the final war, into a peace that shall endure… but not till then. By examining the things cast up in the backwash, we can gauge the progress of humanity”
Ellen Newbold La Motte, American nurse in a French field hospital.


Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 24th - Saturday 26th July 2014

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tuesday 2nd – Saturday 13th September 2014

DeSingel, Antwerp
6th & 7th February 2015

Adelaide International Festival, Australia
2nd - 4th March 2015

Tour of Belgium and the Netherlands (across 34 venues)
19 September 2014 – 11 April 2015


“A haunting and beautiful multimedia exploration of the horrors of war”
The Telegraph

“Drawn from the testimonies of soldiers through history, the play exposes how brutally war dehumanises”
Financial Times

“Explosive in its quiet intensity, SmallWar is a theatrical powder keg packed with innovation and raw emotion”
The Herald

“A haunting, compelling hour”


Valentijn Dhaenens


Video, Set and Sound design
Jeroen Wuyts