THE COLONEL - A PLAY
Angela Buckingham: Writer
"The Colonel" is a story about people who think of themselves as 'good'. It was inspired by factual accounts of the “Dreyfus Affair” in 1890s France but it is the story of the secret conversations that no one can account for.
In 1895, the gracious Mademoiselle Odette Babineaux is engaged to Colonel Picquart, an honourable man. The Colonel discovers a terrible mistake made within his division. Odette, knowing no details, advises him to be honest and fix the problem. Later she learns that the crisis is the false treason conviction of the Jewish Captain, Alfred Dreyfus. She immediately recognises the social and professional danger of Picquart’s campaign for justice. Although she prides herself on being a moral woman, she begs him to abandon his cause.