The Requiem Project covers a multitude of theatre projects, all written to keep the story of the Channel Dash alive.
The Unsung Heroes series covers a set of monologues written from the perspective of one of the participants in the Channel Dash.
THE AIRMAN: Written from the perspective of a Swordfish pilot from 825 Squadron, the Airman was the first of the Unsung Heroes cycle. It was originally written as a stream-of-consciousness piece based upon the Channel Dash. When Requiem: Cerberus was planned, The Airman became an exercise in condensing the story of the Dash into five minutes, and was entered into the LOST Theatre's 5 Minute Festival. While it did not achieve success there due to its serious, docu-drama nature, it caught the attention of those involved in wartime tributes. The Airman was performed before Admiral The Lord Boyce at the 70th anniversary dinner of the Channel Dash Memorial Trust on February 11th 2012, and also at the War And Peace Show in 2012 and 2013. Unbeknownst to the author, the CDMT spoke to Hornby, and The Airman was published as a limited edition collector's item in the numbered run Channel Dash Airfix kit.
THE SEAMAN: Following on from The Airman, The Seaman is written from the perspective of a Motor Torpedo Boat pilot. With less of a documentary style, The Seaman is less about facts and more about flavour, capturing the threat and tension of piloting one of five small boats against the might of the German fleet. As yet, The Seaman has not been performed.
REQUIEM: CERBERUS: Planned for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, Cerberus was co-written with Timothy Trimingham Lee. The play was to be 45 minutes long and would feature a fictional flying officer of 825 Squadron, the widow of one of the NCOs killed during the action, and the ghost of the same NCO. It explored the modesty of the men who flew in that mission directly alongside their wish for their actions not to be heroised or censored, but simply told as they were. Cerberus was aborted a couple of months before the Fringe due to unforeseen circumstances and, as of yet, has not been performed.
UNNAMED FUTURE PROJECT: David plans to write a full-scale play for the 75th anniversary of the Channel Dash in 2017. Watch this space for further news.