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 Sergeant Joe J Baldwin served as a Wireless Operator in 630 Lancaster Squadron in WW2. He flew his first mission aged 21. He was a carpenter by trade and a pacifist by instinct. A short story he wrote called 1 + 5 More To Go provided the emotional heart of a psychologically complex story. The compelling narrative is compiled from a variety of memoirs, first hand reports and the log books of many other crews.
They didn’t talk about it, they didn’t get a campaign medal and were ghosted by successive governments, a national embarrassment swept under the carpet by a society unsure of its moral culpability. This is an untold story.