Review: Glory Dazed, East Riding Theatre, Beverley, tonight at 7.30pm; tomorrow at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Box office: 01482 874050 or

THERE was a contingent from the York theatre scene in the audience, along with a group from Hull Truck Theatre.

They had come to see actor and producer Samuel Edward-Cook, who starred in Hull Truck's Oliver Twist at Christmas and is remembered in York for his youth theatre and musical theatre days as Samuel Coulson.

In the audience too, and in the bar afterwards for a frank Q and A, were ex-servicemen and representatives from Hull4Heroes, the project that supports veterans in their transition into civilian life and regular employment. One ex-soldier revealed 75 ex-servicemen had taken their own lives last year.

Edward-Cook plays one such struggling veteran in Cat Jones's vital play, first developed in collaboration with ex-soldiers serving prison sentences at Doncaster and now revived for a short run at ERT.

The setting is a backstreet pub in Doncaster, where Edward-Cook's Ray, an ex-squaddie mentally scarred from his time in Afghanistan, knocks agitatedly on the door, after hours, demanding to be let in. Inside are an old friend, pub landlord Simon (Adam Foster); impressionable teenage barmaid Leanne (Evie Guttridge) and Carla (Annabel York), his ex-wife and mother of his children.

What follows is a disturbing, moving, very darkly humorous insight into the devastating impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder . Edward-Cook's blood and booze-soaked performance is powerful, frightening, a wounded lion with loose fists and a cry from the heart; Jake Smith's direction is similarly impactful, and you MUST stay for the Q and A.