Wednesday 16th May 2012
Wounded soldiers are taking a production of their real-life experiences nationwide following critical acclaim in the West End.
The Bravo 22 Company are taking their play The Two World's Of Charlie F to theatres across the country following a successful debut at The Theatre Royal Haymarket in January.
The play was created by The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust in partnership with The Royal British Legion and Defence Recovery Capability.
The production, which tells the real-life stories of conflict and recovery experienced by serving soldiers, is heading to The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham and The Sherman Cymru Theatre, Cardiff, in July, then The Pleasance Grand as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August and returning to the West End in September.
The project has been led by patron Trevor Nunn with support from patron General Sir David Richards, Chief of Defence Staff.
Actor and project ambassador Ray Winstone said: "I am so proud and overwhelmed. It is the most moving play I've seen for a long, long time. The public should get behind this and be part of something unforgettable."
The production aims to use theatre to support members of the Armed Forces who are making the transition into civilian life.
Cast member Bombardier Gareth Crabbe, a soldier in the Royal Artillery who was injured in 2007, said: "I really enjoyed working in the positive environment of the theatre, making new friends, learning new skills and being with others who understood what I was going through.
"The whole company is incredibly excited about reliving this amazing experience and taking the play on tour to share our experiences with as many people as possible."