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Jamie Sefton in A Thousand Sons

Podcast: The Return of A Thousand Sons

Jamie Sefton updates us on his play A Thousand Sons

We spoke to Jamie Sefton, writer and performer of A Thousand Sons back in 2021, just before the show played at Camden Fringe. It was a fascinating chat about this true story set over seven decades, charting the effects that being present at the atomic bomb testings in the 1950s has had on the men involved, and their families.

Since then we have reviewed the show on two occasions. Firstly at Camden Fringe 2021, and more recently at EdFringe 2022. Both times we were taken by its powerful narrative, stating that “it is clear that A Thousand Sons is achieving its goals: both theatrically and politically.”

So when Jamie got in touch to say the show was back in London for a week at Camden People’s Theatre, we thought it would be a great time to catch up with him to talk not so much about the show itself, but what’s happened since we spoke last year. We chat about playing in front of just six people for one performance, why Edinburgh was such a success, and how nerve wrecking it was to put this show about veterans in front of a room full of them!

The show plays Camden People’s Theatre 1 – 5 November, tickets available here.

A Thousand Sons

Camden People’s Theatre, 1 – 5 November

A one person show detailing the true horrors of nuclear weapons and the deceit by those in power.

Weapons of mass destruction. An existential threat. Betrayal and injustice. We live in hope that we’ll never have to experience the effects of nuclear weapons.

But some of us already have… and they are still dealing with the consequences.

A Thousand Sons tells the true story of British Nuclear Test veterans in a powerful solo performance that blends action and poetry with verbatim testimony from a forgotten community of nuclear veterans, used and betrayed by those in positions of power. An eye-opening journey from the past to the present, to shine a light on the truth.

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