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About The Show

1914. The Western Front. Lights appear from the German trenches, ghosts rise behind the horizon and soldiers meet between the firing lines. The events that follow are the most astounding stories of the Great War told through the eyes of one soldier. Alex Gwyther as Private James Boyce takes you on a magical, haunting journey through the events surrounding the remarkable Christmas Truce.


In the hundred years since the 1914 Christmas Truce, this deeply moving moment of humanity has been seen as a kind of miracle; a rare moment of peace just a few months into a war that would eventually claim over 15 million lives.

Having enjoyed sold out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in London and on two UK Tours, OUR FRIENDS THE ENEMY make its U.S. debut in New York City, at Theatre Row, in December 2015.


'Our Friends, The Enemy gives an account which is unlike anything which you may have heard before. An account which is innovative and deeply affecting even in its simplicity.'

                                 Broadway Baby

Cast includes:

 Alex Gwyther


‘A haunting and powerful work about war; and for a brief moment, peace.’ 

Scottish Daily Mail

‘If one of the purposes of theatre is to transport the audience into a different world, this is a perfect example of it.’ 

The Public Reviews

A strong performance and script from Gwyther, even-handed direction from O’Brien, and a timeless, deeply human message... an impressive hour of spirited drama.’ 

Everything There

Creative Team




Tom O'Brien



Set & Costume Designer

James Hirst

Producer (US Production)



Darren Clark

Lighting Designer

Derek Anderson

Writer & Performer
Alex Gwyther

General Management

David Adkin Limited

US Lighting Designer
David Goldstein

Associate Producer

Robin Rayner​


David Adkin

Sound Designer

David Gregory

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