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1916 – The Tribunal

At a time of war and political uncertainty, Conscientious Objectors were alternately praised and vilified. When Catherine Marshall goes to visit her fellow activist – and lover – Clifford Allen at Newhaven Fort, he is insisting on refusing to fight, which could send him back to gaol and to an early grave.Can she save him while still holding on to their ideals?

In a play full of modern resonances, the story asks what is worth fighting to the death?


Performed by Anna Darvas and Leonard Sillevis

Directed by Nicola Blackwell

Produced by Veronica Stephens and Sara Clifford for InSite

Performed at Sussex venues including Charleston Farmhouse, the Marlborough Theatre and Newhaven Fort




"Hugely impressed, and very moved, by 'The Tribunal'. An intensely human perspective on political and social issues....‘The Tribunal’ skilfully combines the domestic political situation of the First World War with the (timeless) moral dilemmas of following one’s pacifist conscience... the intensity of Sara Clifford’s writing, and the talents of her actors, mean that my memory, as I write this, is of actually being in that cell in Newhaven Fort."



"Harrowing, inspiring, fascinating - fantastic to have such a brilliant portrayal of conscientious protestors in Newhaven. More theatre please!"

"Powerful, complex, moving – an extraordinary piece of work"





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