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Bravo 22 Company

Bravo 22 CompanyBravo 22 Company is The Royal British Legion's theatre welfare programme which will launch a regional pilot programme at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Buckinghamshire in autumn 2014 ahead of a national roll out later in the year.

The programme will be open to all wounded, injured and sick Service personnel based in the area and, in a difference from the original project (see below), will be expanded to include the Legion's wider beneficiary community.

Members of the company will be brought together to participate directly in the creation, production and performance of a one-act play giving them direct insight into the theatre industry and helping to improve self-awareness, confidence, and motivation to support their individual recovery, and in particular help those who are transitioning into civilian life. It will give them an opportunity to experience a wide range of different employment opportunities.

The project will be run by the Legion who will work with key partners including the Ministry of Defence, 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 is nominated for The Grierson Documentary Awards.

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

The tour is listed on our calendar of events or click here to download a pdf with venues and dates or more information can be found at the following links. Funds raised during performances on this tour will go towards supporting the Bravo 22 Company project.

Website: www.charlie-f.com

Twitter: @CharlieF_Tour

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CharlieFTour

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

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