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Bravo 22 Company

Bravo 22 CompanyBravo 22 Company is The Royal British Legion's Recovery through Theatre  Programme. After a hugely successful regional pilot at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in March 2015, the Legion, in partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth, is calling on the Plymouth community to get involved.

It's is open to all wounded, injured and sick Service personnel based in the area and, in a difference from the original project (see below), has been expanded to include the Legion's wider beneficiary community of veterans, reservists and family members (over 18).

Members of the Plymouth Armed Forces community (AFC) are invited to participate directly in the creation, production and performance of a one-act play based on their own stories.

The play will be performed on The Lyric stage at Theatre Royal Plymouth.

If you are interested in participating, please visit the Theatre Royal Plymouth website. For general enquiries, email bravo22company@britishlegion.org.uk

Key partners of the project include LAMDA, who will provide technical support and training for members of the Armed Forces coummunity with an interest in pursuing a career within sound, lighting or stage management, the Ministry of Defence, along with local theatres, councils, veteran groups, local businesses and schools.

The success of 'The Two Worlds of Charlie F' confirmed that there is a place for theatre in the recovery process of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel. The Legion is relishing the opportunity to take the Bravo 22 Company concept into local communities and to expand the offering to the wider Armed Forces family.
Carol Smith, Assistant Director of Operations

The Two Worlds of Charlie F

The Two Worlds of Charlie FIn 2011/12, the Legion, Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust and the Ministry of Defence brought together 30 wounded, injured and sick Service personnel to write, produce and perform their own play on the West End stage. It debuted in January 2012.

Members of the newly formed Bravo 22 Company, aged between 20 and 52, presented two performances of a new play based on their experiences in conflict and in recovery, entitled,'The Two Worlds of Charlie F' under the artistic auspices of Trevor Nunn CBE.

The company received standing ovations for their performances from packed houses. Members of the company were involved in creating, performing, producing, directing, designing, constructing and lighting the play.

The project aimed to improve confidence, self-awareness and motivation to support individual recovery, and in particular help those transitioning into civilian life. Some of the company have continued to work in the theatrical industry.

As a result of their success, Bravo 22 Company toured the UK with 'The Two Worlds of Charlie F' during 2012 including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and won the prestigious Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression.

A documentary commissioned by Alan Yentob and made by UpperCut Films looked at the process of creating and staging 'The Two Worlds of Charlie F'. Called 'Theatre of War', it was first shown on BBC1's Imagine and was nominated for The Grierson Documentary Awards.

The Two Worlds of Charlie FIn 2014, an new production company, The Charlie F Project (UK) Ltd, took  'The Two Worlds of Charlie F' on tour again, with many of the original participants taking part. The tour, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, also supported the Legion by raising funds at each performance. It was performed by medically discharged military personnel, as well as professional actors.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre was one of the locations for this tour and due to its impact and reaction, the Bravo 22 concept has been extended to give this community group the opportunity to participate (see above).

A trailer video for the production can be viewed below or here on Youtube.

Opening night

The video below is of the opening night of 'The Two Worlds of Charlie F' at Theatre Royal Haymarket in January 2012.

 

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