Review: Bully Boy

The newly refurbished Mercury Theatre Studio makes for the perfect intimate setting for Bully Boy, a drama written by Sandi Toskvig.

Private Edward Clarke is just 20 years old. A soldier in the British army the young lad has seen things and been in situations that most can’t even contemplate, let alone will ever experience. His mates in the Bully Boys look out for each other, however when one particular incident happens, nobody is really sure just what happened and who was to blame. One thing is for certain, and that’s life will never be quite the same for young Private Clarke.

Bully Boy is a very moving piece that looks at a subject few would attempt to portray on the stage, which was made even more poignant as this production was performed at the Mercury during Remembrance Week.

Josh-Collins-and-Andrew-French-(Photo-Robert-Day)Sandi Toksvig, who is more known to most as a broadcaster and comedian, has beautifully written a stunning piece of theatre that explores the taboo subject of mental health.

Brilliant acting from Josh Collins as Private Edward Clarke and Andrew French, Major Oscar Handley really added the drama to this powerful production and brought the action to life. This coupled with a fabulous set and great sound and lighting really does make Bully Boy a must-see.

Bully Boy is at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester until Saturday 21st November. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01206 573948 or visit

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