Gareth Farr's play Britannia Waves the Rules is about conflict and its effect on soldiers returning home. It won a Judges' Award in the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, on 27 May 2014.
The play tells the story of Carl Jackson, a working-class lad from Blackpool, where there's 'Nowhere to go and nothing to do'. Feeling that he doesn't fit in, he signs up for the Army, seeing it as a way out of his constricted life. But the Army takes him to Afghanistan, and when he comes home, it's not as a war hero but as a changed man.
The Royal Exchange Theatre production was directed by Nick Bagnall and designed by Ashley Martin-Davis. It was performed by Clare Calbraith, Simon Harrison, Dan Parr (as Carl), Colin Tierney and Francesca Zoutewelle.