The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning

National Theatre Wales


Bringing together storytelling poets, visual visionaries and inventors of ideas, National Theatre Wales collaborates with artists, audiences, communities and companies to create theatre in the English language, rooted in Wales, with an international reach. You can find them around the corner, across the mountain, and in your digital backyard. The nation of Wales is the stage: from forests to beaches, from aircraft hangers to post-industrial towns, from village halls to nightclubs.

In the award-winning multimedia production The Radicalisation of Bradley Manningone of the most important political stories of our time – the case of the US soldier accused of leaking thousands of military cables to Wikileaks – is brought to life. Manning is the 25-year old soldier accused of releasing 250,000 secret embassy cables and military logs from the Iraq and Afghan wars. After three years in prison, he now faces a court martial, accused of crimes that could mean life in jail. But just a few years ago, he was a teenager in west Wales. How did this happen? And who is responsible for his radicalisation?  Performances are live-streamed on a dedicated website that also hosts hyperlinks to websites, videos and articles relating to Manning’s story, and a live comment stream to which audiences are encouraged to contribute. 


In the press

"…a viscerally exciting piece of theatre" The Guardian

"Price and NTW have not only placed themselves at the cutting-edge of theatre, but at the very coalface of ideas" The Arts Desk

Production details

  • Writer

    Tim Price
  • Director

    John E McGrath
  • Designer

    Chloe Lamford
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Air ride lorry, 40 foot sea going container, lower deck airfreight pallet

  • Touring Availability

    From September 2013
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400),
    Unconventional Space
  • Minimum performance space

    21m x 15m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:

    Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    St Thomas of Aquin's High School, 2 – 20 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9ES
  • Production dates

    6 – 25 August
  • Production times

    1930 – 2105, 1430 – 1605
  • Duration

    95 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Address

    30 Castle Arcade
    CF10 1BW
  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Lisa Maguire – Executive Producer

    Michael Salmon – Assistant Producer