Wireless Operator is an exciting new play that premiered to outstanding reviews at the Pleasance Courtyard at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wireless Operator is a powerful portrait of a young man, barely an adult, as he struggles to survive the trauma of one horrifying night in a Lancaster Bomber.

Listen here to an interview with Bob Baldwin (co-writer) and Thomas Dennis (actor) on BFBS Scotland Radio.


What is special about Wireless Operator?

Bob Baldwin’s father was a wireless operator in WW2. The compelling narrative is compiled from memoirs, first hand reports and the log books of many operations.

Sergeant JJ Baldwin. (Father of Bob Baldwin, writer)

Who were they?

These boys, normal guys, weren’t hateful or aggressive. They were teachers, tradesmen, artists, academics and office workers. Our young wireless operator was a carpenter. They were obliged to participate in slaughter and become witness to one of the most contentious strategies of WW2.

Bob Baldwin with Ted Watson. Flight Engineer and last surviving member of his father's Lancaster Bomber Crew

Why now?

Next year, 2020 will be the 75th anniversary of the ending of WW2 and the controversial strategy of bombing cities like Dresden. It will be a time of reflection and remembrance.

What was the cost?

The aircrew of a Lancaster Bomber were not expected to survive more than 10 missions. A tour of duty was 30.  If they survived physically, they couldn’t escape the memory of dropping bombs that obliterated whole towns. The brutal legacy of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) still echoes down the generations.

The production

It’s a one man play featuring a startling and compelling physical performance supported by a cast of 8 who we hear, but do not see. A unique soundscape based on the iconic Rolls Royce Merlin engines provides the backdrop to the unsettling narrative.

Have a listen here….

We hope Wireless Operator will raises awareness about PTSD and it’s causes.

We are supporting Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health charity.