Cat Jones's play Glory Dazed is a darkly comic examination of the plight of ex-servicemen in modern Britain, focussing on an Afghanistan veteran's attempt to find redemption through reconciliation with his ex-wife. It was developed in collaboration with ex-soldiers serving prison sentences at HMP & YOI Doncaster by Second Shot Productions, a social enterprise that exists to give serving prisoners and ex-offenders opportunities within creative industries. It won the BBC's Alfred Bradley Bursary Prize 2011 and was first performed as part of the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season 2012 at the Underbelly, Edinburgh, on 2 August 2012.
The play's action is set in a backstreet pub in Doncaster, after hours. When ex-squaddie Ray, mentally scarred from his time in Afghanistan, knocks on the door, demanding to be let in, his old friend, Simon, the pub's landlord, feels he has no alternative but to let him in. Also in the pub are Leanne, a teenage barmaid, and Carla, Ray's ex-wife and the mother of his children. The stage is set for off-kilter drama and heart-wrenching recrimination.
The premiere by Second Shot Productions was directed by Elle White and designed by Becky Warnock. It was performed by Chloe Massey as Carla, Kristin Atherton as Leanne, Adam Foster as Simon and Samuel Edward-Cook as Ray.
The production transferred to the Adelaide Fringe Festival at the Holden Street Theatre in February 2013, and then to Soho Theatre, London, where it opened on 23 April 2013.