Drama. By Edward Bond.
Cast: 11m., 5w. "In the third play of this trilogy," the Guardian critic writes, "order has been restored, the military is in charge, and an officer issues the Herod-like command that every squad kills a child to save vital resources." A soldier agonizes over the command, but then finally smothers his mother's baby and then the mother herself. Bond, a critic suggests, is offering a revolutionary idea—that those who dropped the bomb did not envisage the consequences, but the survivors who know them may perhaps forge a better world. Area staging.