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Bravo 22 Company

Bravo 22 CompanyBravo 22 Company is The Royal British Legion's Recovery through Theatre  Programme. We're running a regional pilot of this programme at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Buckinghamshire until March 2015, and we want you to come and 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 Buckinghamshire Armed Forces community (AFC) are invited to participate directly in the creation, production and performance of a one-act play based on the stories of the AFC in Buckinghamshire.

The play will be performed at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in March 2015 with the story gathering, workshops and rehearsals commencing in December 2014. Director, Stephen Rayne will be returning to work on the production and writer, Owen Sheers, will be part of the team.

There are a wide range of opportunities available for individuals who want to share their story, or for those who want to be involved for the full project. Participation can be through performance, a role back stage, giving your story, as part of the press team, using the education pack or as part of the audience.

This project is for the Buckinghamshire community. It is an opportunity for the Armed Forces Community to have their voice heard and be given an opportunity to talk about life in the Armed Forces and their transition and integration into civilian life. For civilians, this unique play will promote understanding and awareness and ultimately bring together the civilian and Armed Forces community. 

If you are interested in participating, please read or download our fact sheets from the links on the right and complete an application form. 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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