Ten Green Hand Grenades
And if one green hand grenade should accidentally fall…

I’m left-handed. So my right arm isn’t nearly as strong as my left. I hurled the wretched thing as high and as far as I could but dear God. It hit the trench wall and then bounced back down. I totally froze. The young second lieutenant next to me saw what happened and threw himself on the grenade which went off a split second later. I couldn’t bear to look.

You need to talk about what happened says the nurse. Talk to the Padre.

I ran away. I’ve been haunted ever since. His body, I couldn’t bear to look. What it must have looked like.

Well over one million soldiers have already laid down their lives, the Padre tells him. But the soldier questions him – what kind of God allows this. So many young men have died forgotten since 1914, the Padre continues, but your Lieutenant Cecil Love chose to throw himself on your hand grenade, so all his comrades could live. Think of it that way and may help atone for your accident. The things you can do now. Give talks, write about what happened.

Very moving. A really good story.

Written by Nigel Foster
Directed by Emmeline Braefield

With
Tom Eastwood as  The Private
Anthony Young as The Sergeant, The Padre and Chorus
Matt Salmon as Cecil Love and Chorus
and
Shannon Presley as The Nurse and Chorus

The epilogue quote was from Ponca Chief, Chief White Eagle

Produced by Cat on a Piano Productions

Music:
The Army Goes Rolling Along by the US Army Band
The Rifle Regiment by the US Army Band
Flight Plan by Coyote Hearing
The Battle of 1066 by Patrick Patrokios
Large Smile Mood by Nico Staf

The Theatrephonic Theme tune was composed by Jackson Pentland
Performed by
Jackson Pentland
Mollie Fyfe Taylor
Emmeline Braefield

Cat on a Piano Productions produce and edit feature films, sketches and radio plays.

Their latest project is called @Theatrephonic, a podcast of standalone radio plays and short stories performed by professional actors. You can catch Theatrephonic on Spotify and other platforms.

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