Bravo 22 Company is an award-winning recovery through the arts programme for our Armed Forces community.
It's made possible by The Royal British Legion and The Drive Project.
The programme aims to give serving and ex-serving personnel new skills and experiences. It helps improve confidence, self-awareness, and motivation to support an individual’s recovery and the transition into civilian life.
Bravo 22 Company was created by Alice Driver, using theatre as a vehicle for recovery. Produced with the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, The Royal British Legion and Ministry of Defence, it brought together 30 wounded, injured and sick ex-serving personnel to write, produce and perform their own play, The Two Worlds of Charlie F, written by Owen Sheers and directed by Stephen Rayne.
Brighton Art Project
Participants created life-size sculptures, telling their story of recovery; from injuries, to painful memories, to worries about civilian life. The four-week programmed culminated in a public exhibition, The Art of Recovery.
After the success of its theatre projects, we expanded the programme to art.
Projects now take place all across the UK and are open to serving and ex-serving personnel, reservists, family members and WIS.
So far, Bravo 22 Company has worked with over 500 WIS, veterans and their families using the arts to support their recovery and the work has been seen by over 46,000 live audience members.
Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to have any experience – just the enthusiasm to try something new!
If you’d like to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Reparation Island: Birmingham theatre project
Performed by members of the West Midlands Armed Forces community and created around the stories of fellow community members, this bold and inventive play by Kevin Fegan combines storytelling, music and poetic imagery in an honest narrative. Under the expert guidance of the director, Christopher Elmer-Gory, the cast worked tirelessly and challenged themselves to tackle things outside of their comfort zone, trusting in the creative team to guide them well.
Unspoken Tour 2018
Created during a year-long theatre project with Bravo 22 Company alumni, Unspoken shared the stories of 100 wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families to create a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss.
Liverpool Art Project
Led by professional sculptor Al Johnson, participants created life-size timber and wire figures that included a facial life-cast. The project taught new skills and improved wellbeing of ex-serving personnel who may have physical injuries, PTSD and other mental health challenges. The resulting artwork was tremendously moving as it helped communicate pain and trauma, as well as show the importance of support from family and friends.