Warning: Contains weapons, strong language and penguins.
Fresh from a highly-acclaimed run at Edinburgh Fringe 2015, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is back with gusto, following an amazing four nominations in the Broadway World Awards.
Based on Rebecca Crookshank’s time in the Royal Air Force serving Queen and country, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot charts her journey from basic training to the Falkland Islands. From feeling low to flying high (literally, in a Tornado F3), this is a deeply moving, hilarious and heart-warming adventure.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot highlights the challenges women face in being defined by their gender and celebrates the wonderful women who forged a path for others. Crookshank’s anecdotes about her time in the Air Force mix the serious and the comic to great effect interspersed with her own video footage to really emphasise the reality at the heart of her story.
Crookshank may be less than a footnote in the history of the Royal Air Force, but the verve and gusto she brings to her story marks her out as a considerable talent to watch; as a woman in a male-dominated environment, she unflinchingly describes her battle to make it as a girl, more than playing her part in a boys’ world (The List).
Crookshank grew up in rural Devon, the daughter of a midwife and a Royal Marine. Raised by a giver of life and a trained killer, embracing creativity was on nobody’s radar. When she left the RAF she knew it was time to pursue her dream. She says, Exploring our identity is a life-long challenge. Reinventing yourself and finding a voice in such a disciplined environment as the military is unique – it has inspired me to create some art which I think makes for an interesting story.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot has been supported by Arts Council England and the RBL Women’s Section throughout the research and development phase.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is published by Oberon Books.
27th February – Fisher Theatre, Bungay
3rd March – Attenborough Centre, Leicester
4th March – Drill Hall, Lincoln
5th March – Derby Theatre, Derby
9th March – Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
10th March – Old Fire Station, Oxford
11th – 12th March – The Secombe, Sutton
14th – 18th March – Rose and Crown Theatre, London
4th – 5th April – Tristan Bates Theatre, London
7th April – Cast, Doncaster
29th April – Barbican, Plymouth
4th – 5th May – Brewhouse, Taunton
9th – 15th May – Dukebox Theatre, Brighton