Playwright Tim Price says he was inspired to write the play when he learned that, like him, Manning had studied Welsh and endured high school rugby.
"This young soldier _ who has attempted to call the president of the U.S. as a defense witness _ knows bus timetables around Haverfordwest," Price wrote in a theater blog for The Guardian newspaper. "He knows the trials of schoolboy rugby, and speaks rudimentary Welsh. Once I realized this, Bradley became more than a news story. We had things in common."