Do We Do The Right Thing

Do We Do The Right Thing

Genre : Verbatim/Documentary Theatre
Released Date : 6 / Nov / 2014
  1. Do We Do The Right Thing


For four and half years the Wiltshire market town of Wootton Bassett stands still as the bodies of 355 dead military personnel are repatriated through its streets.

Andy, a middle-aged man, long ago distanced from his military childhood sets out to discover why this community performed these acts of remembrance, paying respect to dead strangers in this way. His journey takes him beyond the town and becomes one of self-discovery and reconciliation.

Combining verbatim testimony, autobiographical material, sound and projections, this play explores society’s relationship to the Armed Forces, father-son relationships, rites of passage and wars that have shaped our lives over generations.



New Diorama Theatre – 3-4 November 2014 19:30

Tickets: £12 (£10) Concessions
Book your tickets here!
Box Office: 0207 383 9034

Salisbury Playhouse – 6-8 November 2014 19:45, Saturday 8 November matinee 14:45

Tickets: £13.50 (£9 under-25s)
Book your tickets here!
Box Office: 01722 320 333

The BikeShed Theatre, Exeter – 10 November 2014 19:30

Tickets: £12 (£8 Concessions)
Book your tickets here!
Box Office: 01392 434 169

Old Fire Station, Oxford – 18-19 February 2015

Tickets: £12 (£10) Concessions
Book your tickets here!
Box Office: 01865 305 305

The Electric Theatre, Guildford – 23-24 February 2015

Tickets: £12 (£10) Concessions
Book your tickets here!
Box Office: 01483 444789


We are delighted to announce that we have been invited by the British Forces Germany to perform ‘Do We Do the Right Thing?’ in March 2015 to military audiences, their families and civilian support staff, as well as facilitate a full workshop programme. Working with this community is a unique opportunity ahead of the planned Armed Forces withdrawal from Germany by 2019/20.

We will host an exclusive fundraising evening on the 4th November at New Diorama Theatre to support our work in Germany. This fantastic evening will include a ticket to the performance, complementary drinks, live music and a special guest speaker (more info to follow soon). Click here to take part!


Early in 2012, writer and actor Neil Walker watched a BBC documentary, The Town That Remembers, which told the story of Royal Wootton Bassett, a Wiltshire market town, and the local community’s involvement in the repatriation of military personnel killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. During the period April 2007 to August 2011, this community paid tribute to three hundred and fifty five war dead on one hundred and sixty seven different occasions.

The creation of ‘Do We Do The Right Thing?’ began with a period of practice based research conducted by Neil, assisted by fellow actor Rus Kallan. They began their research in Royal Wootton Bassett meeting and interviewing some of those involved in the repatriations.

Additional interviews with current and ex-military personnel, bereaved family and friends and research into the history of military acts of remembrance and memorials also played a key part in the research process.

These unique first-hand accounts are the basis of ‘Do We Do The Right Thing?’ which was further developed by interweaving the writer’s personal experiences of a military childhood giving rise to a play which raises broader issues about acts of remembrance, the public’s relationship with the military and war, father-son relationships and individual identity.

The play poses important questions about the ripple effect of loss through military conflict and what happens post 2014 not only for those regions ravaged by years of conflict but also for those who fought there.


Our new crowdfunding campaign it’s finally live and you can find it here! On the campaign page you can also see ‘Many Voices’ – an exclusive stand alone short film based on material from our new play ‘Do We Do The Right Thing?’! We are very grateful all help and support we can get!


Neil Walker (Andy)
Craig Hendry (George/Les/James/Barry)
Joanna Waters (Sarah/Anna/Maggie/Sue)
Luke Shepherd (Mickey/Fred/Steve/Carl)


Tommy Lexen (Director)
Philippa Kane (Producer)
Amanda Fromell (Dramaturg)
Kate Brown (Education & Outreach Manager)
Eleanor Taylor (Assistant Director)
Ben Osborn (Composer/Sound Designer)
William Ingham (Lighting Designer)
Bethan Lloyd (Costume & Prop Designer)
Jonathan Dawes (Vocal Coach)
Richard Duffy (Filmmaker)
Jean Goubert Bono (Stage Manager)
Mauricio Brandes (Company Associate)
Mel Harrison (Production Assistant)
Richard Davenport (Photographer)
Alice Driver (Associate Producer)
Neil Walker (Executive Producer)

‘Do We Do The Right Thing?’ was rehearsed at Exchange Theatre’s TRAP in London Bridge.


(in alphabetical order)

Arts Council England, Duncan Aldridge, Margaret Ashley, Bassett News, George Boundy, David Byrne, Lt. Col (Retd) Richard Carman, Central School of Speech and Drama, Lt. Col Guy P. Chambers, Harriet Campbell-Westlind, Trevor Chenery, Andy Clarkson, Gregor Cubie, Dave Cullinane, The Crown Pub, Cecilia Darker, Richard Davenport, Alice Driver, Fanny Dulin, Omar Eid, Fisherton Mill Gallery and Cafe, Charlie Frost, Helen Fry, Jane Furlong, Yasmin Gilani, Joy Harris, Major General J McN R Henderson CB, David Higgins, Mary Ann Hushlak & the Dramaturg’s Network, Ideas Tap, Dr Alison Jeffers, Helen Jukes, Rus Kallan, John Kane, Jack Kennedy, Gareth Machin, Dee McCourt, Becka Mcfadden, Jason Noyce, Charles Pamment, Adrian Peters Major (Retired), Mark Powell, Alex Rogerson, Adam Rojko, The Royal British Legion (Royal Wootton Bassett Branch), Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council, Cllr Jane Scott OBE, Jeremy Spafford, Mr Huw Solly, Sheila Stephenson, Major L T Y Swan-Ingrey RA, Cleo Sylvestre, Bryony Thompson, Linda & Pete Thornton, The Trap Rehearsal Space, Julie Tremlin, V & P Collins Farm Shop, Unlimited Perfromance, Sophie Wallis, Aaron Wilcock, Heather Williams & Kerry Wotton.

And another big thank you to…

Alistair Brown, Ann Cattini, Laura Jackson, John Kane, Susie O’Hagan, Mel Walker, Stephen Randall, Kenny Walker, Paul Williams & Katie Wright…

…who have all made a generous donation towards the production costs of this show. We will be forever grateful – Thank you again!

Finally BeFrank would like to sincerely thank the people of Royal Wootton Bassett, all serving & retired military personnel who contributed, and the families & friends of those who died and spoke openly and movingly about their experiences.

Arts Council England   The Trap