The Long and the Short and the Tall

The Long and the Short and the Tall

The play has an all-male cast and is set in the Malayan jungle early in 1942. A British patrol is in the jungle trying to assess the strength of the Japanese invasion of Malaya. Their radio has a flat battery and they are having trouble getting in touch with their base camp. While resting in a deserted hut, a Japanese soldier stumbles in on them. They capture him and soon realise that the Japanese army is marching south in strength. The characters of the members of the patrol are sharply defined and Willis Hall's thought-provoking play examines the moral dilemmas soldiers have to face.

Reviewer J C Trewin - one of the only critics at the time to write regularly about regional as well as London performances - thought it played better at the Rep than it had at the Royal Court in London. He praised Mark Kingston's 'racy performance', and the intense impact of the play.