The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning


The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning

One of the most important political stories of our time - Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking thousands of military cables to Wikileaks - brought to life in this award-winning production by the UK's most exciting new national company.


'A viscerally exciting piece of theatre' (Guardian).


**** (Daily TelegraphIndependent on Sunday,, Western Mail).


The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning was first staged across Wales in April 2012 and will be remounted at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 


See the show at: 

Pleasance at St Thomas of Aquin's High School,

Chalmers St, Edinburgh EH3 9ES

6th - 25th August 2013


Location: Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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Latest Activity: Aug 3, 2018

This group is here for people interested in, involved in and affected by the play The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning. Join in and contribute as we develop the play further and re-stage our artistic response to his story, and his relationship with Wales. 

You can read a blog post by TIm Price on why he wanted to tell this story here.

Click here to see our Storify Story of tweets and other content around the first staging of The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning.

We're updating a Storify Story around the 2013 remounting, and you can see that here.   


This play is a fictional account which has been inspired by a true story. The incidents, characters and time lines have been changed for dramatic purposes. In some cases fictitious characters and incidents have been added to the plot, and the words are those imagined by the author. The play should not be understood as a biography or any other factual account. 

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Comment by Lindi Carter on August 24, 2013 at 11:32

Our comprehensive (!) AFTER THE SENTENCE report includes:

Sentencing day in court. Observations on the legal process. The David Coombs videos (press conference, extensive interview - highly recommended if you want to understand the prosecution's conduct of the case). Links to statements - Amnesty, Peter Tatchell, the presidential pardon statement - which is more like throwing down the gauntlet, than a request for pardon! etc...

Solidarity reports and photos from various places (Wales, Ireland, Scotland - being young Ant up there in Edinburgh! - England.) Including our stalwart supporter Dame Vivienne at the US Embassy, London. 

This is our 'crossover' post - 'As Bradley Comforts Legal Team, Supporters Take to the Streets...and learn about Chelsea' - as it began on Weds when Chelsea was known as Bradley and was finished after her name change...

And it's one more day left for TRoBM at Pleasance! Hope Sunday's performances are specially empowered. Love to you all xx

Comment by National Theatre Wales on August 20, 2013 at 23:43

As many of you will know, Bradley is being sentenced today at 10am EST, 3pm UK time. Following a few of the journalists in court on twitter is probably the best way to get up to the minute news. Alexa O'Brien is usually very fast and comprehenisve with her coverage.  Her twitter handle is @carwinb  If you're not on twitter you can get all her  updates here on the web.  

Comment by National Theatre Wales on August 18, 2013 at 7:27

Livestream starting now, hosted tonight by campaigner Peter Tatchell

Comment by Meike Capps-Schubert on August 15, 2013 at 23:09

Thanks John - yeah that was more a problem of my computer connection...

i guess you will not tour germany....

Comment by National Theatre Wales on August 15, 2013 at 11:19

Meike - sorry you had problems with the streaming.  Livesstream is a pretty robust platform, but of course we have no control over the download.  You are right that the language moves quickly - and there are lots of different accents!  There won't be a dvd in the near future I'm afraid, but we do hope to tour the show more next year.

Comment by National Theatre Wales on August 15, 2013 at 11:16

Lindi, you're right I'm sure, that day of testimony must have been very hard for Bradley to sit through. Thanks for the link to Alexa O'Brien's transcipt.  Following Alexa on twitter, her handle is  , Ed Pilkington -   and Kevin Gosztola -  has been the best way to find out what's going on for me. 

Comment by Meike Capps-Schubert on August 15, 2013 at 9:21

arrr oh well unfortunately the screening over here to germany did not work that well - first laptop over heated and then connection was to slow :-(  but anyhow i saw it the 2. time now! i think its hard for people who dont speak fluent english to understand.... but hey it was a try!!!! is there a chance that there ever will be a dvd of the play?

Comment by Jen Thornton on August 15, 2013 at 4:05

@WikileaksTruck on Twitter have posted a photo on Twitter of Bradley with his sister here

They have also been posting lots of other photos of Bradley on their feed today

Comment by Lindi Carter on August 14, 2013 at 17:41

Was a very moving court day today.

The Guardian articles are not by Ed Pilkington and Paul Lewis isn't au fait enough with the case to get it right. The one on Bradley's statement seriously inaccurate -includes quoting half a sentence and representing it as a whole one (complete with full stop!).

Statement by Brad here - 'I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions'. A statement of the appropriate level of humility for an act of such far reaching effect.

And if you remember that he's just heard his sister (who, it transpires, effectively brought him up) testify to some really devastating info (eg his ma's drinking so bad thro pregnancy, he had/has fetal alcohol syndrome) and to some extremely traumatic and sad early memories, it puts his tearfulness/shakiness into some context (as in grief?). 

Comment by National Theatre Wales on August 14, 2013 at 12:42

Meanwhile, here's a round up of reviews for the show.  Fantastic all round - let's hope they help build awareness of what's going on.


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