Was the atomic bomb necessary for ending World War Two? 'Enola Gay' takes a critical look at the events leading up to the decision by President Truman to use the first weapon of mass destruction. It follows the experiences of Leo Szilard, the physicist responsible for the groundwork to the Manhattan Project and later its most ardent opponent, Colonel Paul Tibbets, who piloted the Enola Gay on its fateful mission, the newly sworn-in President Truman, and Tomoko Nakabayashi, one of the survivors of Hiroshima.
This epic play brings to life the conflicting worlds of nuclear physics and the realpolitik of the burgeoning Cold War. It ruthlessly despatches the homilies and myths surrounding the first use of an atomic device on a civilian population.
'A complex and fascinating play... hums with an explosive intensity.'
Peter Matheson, dramaturg
- Epic drama
- 120 minutes
- 1 female, 9 male
- Can be done with an ensemble of 10.
- 16 to 18, 18+
- young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre