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Desert Highway

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  6m

During a campaign in the Middle East, six men are lost in the Syrian desert, owing to the breakdown of their tank. They are Ben Joseph, the thoughtful Jewish sergeant; Donnington, a university man and a cynic; the Cockney, Elvin, an old soldier; Shaw, a solemn Yorkshireman; Hughes, an excitable Welshman; and young George, from a farm.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences

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Summary

During a campaign in the Middle East, six men are lost in the Syrian desert, owing to the breakdown of their tank. They are Ben Joseph, the thoughtful Jewish sergeant; Donnington, a university man and a cynic; the Cockney, Elvin, an old soldier; Shaw, a solemn Yorkshireman; Hughes, an excitable Welshman; and young George, from a farm. A German plane spots them and sprays them with its machine-gun, wounding George, who has a premonition of death. As they sleep, the centuries roll back to 703 BC and we see the same men forming a caravan taking on different roles. We return to the present, the wounded George and a final reckoning.

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  • Time Period 1940s / WWII
  • Setting Syrian Desert
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

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J.B. Priestley

John Boynton Priestley (1894 - 1984) was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, son of a schoolmaster. He left Belle Vue School at 16 and worked in a wool office, beginning to write in his spare time. He volunteered for the army in 1914 and served throughout the First World War, surviv ...
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