Pressure

Play title:  Pressure

Author (s): David Haig

Publisher: Nick Hern Books Limited

Publication Date: Great Britain: 2014

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Meteorology

Secondary Discipline: Physics

Scientist (s): Dr. James Stagg, Naval Meteorologist, Colonel Irving P. Krick

Source Texts: None all personal research.

Character Breakdown: 13 Male, 1 Female

Lieutenant Kay Summersby, Dr James Stagg, Andrew, Naval Meteorologist, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Colonel Irving P. Krick, Captain Johns, Naval Rating, Electrician, Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, General Spaatz, Commander Colin Franklin, Lieutenant David Battersby

Setting: Southwick House, Portsmouth England: Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force.

Time Period: 1944, Height of WWII

Synopsis of Play: June 1944: One man’s decision is about to change the course of history. Everything is in place for the biggest invasion known in Europe- D-Day. One last crucial question remains: Will the weather be clear?Problematically, there are two opposing forecasts. American Celebrity Weatherman Colonel Krick predicts sunshine. Dr. James Stagg, Chief Meteorological Officer for the Allied Forces, forecasts a storm. General Eisenhower, Allied Supreme Commander, must decide which of these forecasts to trust. The decision will not only seal the fates of thousands of men but could win or lose the entire war. An extraordinary and little-known true story Pressure,by David Haig, thrillingly explores the responsibilities of leadership, the challenges of prophecy, and the personal toll of taking a stand. (Play Tex tCover Blurb, Pressure)

First Performance Date: May/01/2014 at The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Chichester Festival Theatre.

First Producer: John Dove

Performance History: Pressure was presented as a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and the Chichester Festival Theatre. It was first performed at the Lyceum on May 1st in 2014.

Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_(play)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Stagg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_P._Krick
https://www.britannica.com/event/Normandy-Invasion
https://www.britannica.com/science/jet-stream
https://www.britannica.com/place/Portsmouth-England
https://www.britannica.com/event/World-War-II
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Supreme-Headquarters-Allied-Expeditionary-Force
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Lyceum-Theatre


Reviews

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-27237226
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/theatre/david-haig-weathering-pressure-of-d-day-forecasting-1-3390795
https://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/13157863.weather-thriller-tells-tale-of-unsung-war-hero/
https://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/Original-Play-PRESSURE-by-David-Haig-Set-to-Premiere-on-531-20140408#.U2PKPv2FX8s
http://www.edinburghguide.com/reviews/theatre/pressureroyallyceumtheatrereview-14375
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https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/theatre/theatre-review-pressure-1-3405341
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jun/15/pressure-review-dday-ambassadors-david-haig
https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Interview-David-Haig-Talks-PRESSURE-20180712
https://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com/news/pressure-5-minutes-david-haig

https://youtu.be/CraZVVVrzJI

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Entered by KrystalHurr and Cameron Chestnut

Krystal Hurr is a Native American with a love and passion for Theatre and her indigenous culture. Krystal enjoys science, theatre, animals, and art. Krystal currently at Christopher Newport Is a Theatre Studies major. After graduation, she plans to peruse her second degree in Marketing. In her free time Krystal enjoys cuddling with her dog Moose and going for nature walks.

Cameron Chestnut is a Finance major at Christopher Newport University. He is in his senior year and will be working for Cisco Systems after graduation.At school, he works as a Resident Assistant for the Office of Residence Life and Inventory Manager in the Office of Admissions. In his free time, he is a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity and the Ultimate Frisbee Club.

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David Haig as Group Captain Dr James Stage discusses the weather with Malcom Sinclair’s General Eisenhower 
Photo: David Haig, the author of Pressure, as Stagg, with Laura Rogers as Kay Summersby, Eisenhower’s chauffeur and secretary. Photograph: Robert Daygraph: Drew Farrel
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