Bombing People concerns Ralph Sherman, an advertising executive, who finds himself in an asylum in the Deep South in 1962 after an incident where he tried to attack President Kennedy outside of the UN building armed with only a tomato.
As the play progresses he begins to tell the tale of the Enola Gay and his part in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima seventeen years before. Is it just another fantasy or was Ralph actually part of one of the most infamous acts in military history? Only by facing his true past, which he has long denied, can Ralph reclaim what is left of his sanity.
Roy Smiles plays include Ying Tong - A Walk with The Goons, Pythonesque, Kurt & Sid and Year Of The Rat (all published by Oberon Books), Stand Up, Bombing People, Schmucks, Lunatics' Tango, The Last Pilgrim, Roberto Calvi Is Alive & Well and The Promised Land. He has won two Guinness Fringe Awards and was short-listed for Best Play at the Off West Awards in 2001. He had a writing attachment to the National Theatre in 2001. His book on comic influences: Funny People is also published by Oberon Books.