The Man Who Left is Not the Man Who Came Home

The Man Who Left is Not the Man Who Came Home
a new play by Kevin Dyer
Presented by Farnham Maltings

We started it – pancakes, breakfast the next morning, wedding, holidays, lie-ins on a Sunday, two beautiful girls – and when you get back, we’ll finish it. I love you.’

Alongside Chloe’s future hopes come imminent challenges. Because being married to the military means facing deployment. Behind closed doors there’s tenderness and humour, but as the day of Ashley’s departure comes ever closer, anxiety and confrontations multiply.

I will not let my tears rust your suit of armour.’

The Man Who Left is Not the Man Who Came Home is the product of over a hundred one-to-one interviews with soldiers and their wives – where secrets, regrets and experiences have been shared for the first time. A story of resilience, of hope, of change – and what it’s like when the man you love is going to war and might not come back

Kevin Dyer’s new play, performed by Stephanie Greer and Sam C Wilson with Sam Trussler, a military wife, will be followed by an open conversation about the themes of the play, and the country we live in.

On tour from 27 February to 27 March

Chloë Stephanie Greer
Ashley Sam C. Wilson
Wife Samantha Trussler

Writer and Director Kevin Dyer
Designer David Haworth
Composer Cpt. Ben Mason
Lighting Designer Stuart Glover
Company Stage Manager Kate Bosomworth
Sound Technician Ben Collins
Producer Laura Woodward
Theatre Administrator Emily Davis

(Image concept by Emilie Chen; illustration by Aleksandra Stanglewicz)


04.03.2020 The show is on the road, and here’s a peek at the production photographs

25.02.2020 Ahead of the premiere on 26 February 2020, meet the company and see some photos of them in rehearsal

10.02.2020 Gain an insight into the writing process through this exclusive interview with Kevin Dyer 

07.02.2020 Casting Announcement: We are delighted to announce that Stephanie Greer and Sam C Wilson will be taking on the roles of Chloe and Ashley.


Wed 26- Feb- 20 FARNHAM Farnham Maltings 7.30pm 01252 745444 Tickets here
Thurs 27- Feb- 20 HENLEY ON THAMES The Kenton Theatre 7.30pm 01491 525050 Tickets here
Fri 28- Feb- 20 HEMEL HEMPSTEAD Old Town Hall 8pm 01442 228091 Tickets here
Sat 29- Feb- 20 LONDON The Dugdale Centre 7.30pm 020 8807 6680 Tickets here
Tue 3- Mar- 20 WOOLWICH The Bathway Theatre 8pm 020 8858 7755 Tickets here
Wed 4- Mar- 20 BORDON Phoenix Arts 7.30pm 01420 472 664 Tickets here
Thur 5- Mar- 20 ALDERSHOT West End Centre 8pm 01252 330040 Tickets here
Fri 6- Mar- 20 SHOREHAM BY SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre 8pm 01273 464440 Tickets here
Sat 7- Mar- 20 HAVANT Spring Arts and Heritage Centre 7.30pm 023 9247 2700 Tickets here
Tue 10- Mar- 20 WORCESTER The Swan Theatre 7.30pm 01905 611427 Tickets here
Tue 11- Mar- 20 MAIDENHEAD Norden Farm Centre for the Arts  8pm 01628 788997 Tickets here
Thur 12- Mar- 20 NORWICH The Garage 7.30pm 01603 283382 Tickets here
Wed 18- Mar- 20 SOUTHAMPTON Hanger Farm 7.30pm 02380 667683 Tickets here
Thur 19- Mar- 20 FAREHAM Ashcroft Arts Centre 7.30pm 01329 223100 Tickets here
Fri 20- Mar- 20 BRIDPORT The Arts Centre 7.30pm 01308 424 204 Tickets here
Tue 24- Mar- 20 PORTSMOUTH Guildhall Studio 8pm 0844 847 2362 Tickets here
Thur 26- Mar- 20 SPALDING South Holland Centre 7.30pm 01775 764777 Tickets here
Fri 27- Mar- 20 SOLIHULL The Core Theatre 7.30pm 0121 704 6962 Tickets here