"Qualms? Oh yeah, sure, I have qualms. Everybody has qualms. But Ill overcome them."
To his familys horror, Ned reveals hes the brains behind a new military technology so sophisticated, so extraordinary, it will revolutionise the nature of warfare. Its only when the Ministry of Defence demands intellectual ownership that Ned begins to question himself, resisting the might of the weapons industry with frightening consequences.
Landscape with Weapon is a wry account of private anguish, public responsibility and a problem with no solution. The play premiered at the National Theatre on 20 March 2007.
Joe Penhalls previous work for the National Theatre, Blue/Orange, was the winner of the Olivier Awards Best Play (2001), the Evening Standard Award Best Play (2000), and the Critics Circle Award Best Play (2000).