The Body Of An American

The Body Of An American (2014)

The Gate Theatre 16 January – 14 February 2014
The Royal & Derngate 27 February – 8 March 2014

photo credit Royal & Derngate

photo credit Royal & Derngate

Cast & Creatives

Damien Molony – Dan / Various
William Gaminara – Paul / Various
Writer: Dan O’Brien
Director: James Dacre
Production: The Gate Theatre / Royal & Derngate
Design: Alex Lowde.
Lighting: Charles Balfour.
Sound: Adrienne Quartly.
Video: Dick Straker for Mesmer.
Video Programmer: Joshua Pharo.
Dialect coach: Martin McKellan.

Run time: 90 mins, no interval

Official Synopsis

Mogadishu, 1993. Paul Watson is a Canadian photojournalist who is about to take a picture that will win him the Pulitzer Prize.

Princeton, 2013, Dan O’Brien is an American writer who is struggling to finish his play about ghosts. Both men live worlds apart but a chance encounter over the airwaves sparks an extraordinary friendship that sees them journey from one of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul.

Flying from Kabul to the Canadian High Arctic, The Body Of An American is an exhilarating new form of documentary drama that splices the dialogue with actual recordings and photographs by Paul Watson. Performed in an intimate studio space created in our Underground, this production places these two men’s battles – both public and private – against a backdrop of some of the world’s most iconic images of war.

The Body Of An American Photos

Preview & Interviews

The Body Of An American News & Articles


2 May 2014: Damien Molony and William Gaminara nominated for Off West End Theatre Awards

27 February 2014: ‘The Body Of An American’ opens at the Royal & Derngate until 8 March

3 February 2014: ‘The Body Of An American’: video interviews and footage

13 January 2014: ‘The Body Of An American’: official trailer released

11 January 2014: More Damien Molony and William Gaminara rehearsal photos and last tickets remaining for TBOAA at the Gate Theatre

8 January 2014: Damien Molony and William Gaminara TBOOA rehearsal photos

20 December 2013: Damien Molony to appear in ‘The Body Of An American’