'Black Watch' Stages Struggles of U.K.'s Elite Troops A new play follows the lives of several men of Scotland's fabled "Black Watch" regiment as they struggle to survive in Iraq. Playwright Gregory Burke and actor Jack Fortune discuss the work, which is based on stories from soldiers overheard in the pubs of Fife, Scotland.
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'Black Watch' Stages Struggles of U.K.'s Elite Troops

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'Black Watch' Stages Struggles of U.K.'s Elite Troops

'Black Watch' Stages Struggles of U.K.'s Elite Troops

'Black Watch' Stages Struggles of U.K.'s Elite Troops

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In the early 1700s, Scotland had only just become part of Great Britain. In that uneasy, rebellious time, a few Highland clans decided to fight for the English king. Eventually, these men, known as the Black Watch, became Scotland's elite regiment. The Black Watch have served in countless conflicts over the years, but one of the most controversial was their deployment to Iraq in 2003.

A new play follows the lives of several men in the fabled regiment as they struggle to survive in Iraq. Playwright Gregory Burke and actor Jack Fortune discuss the work, which is based on stories from soldiers overheard in the pubs of Fife, Scotland.