Bravo 22 Company: Recovery and wellbeing through the arts

Bravo 22 Company is a recovery through the arts programme made possible by The Royal British Legion and The Drive Project, successfully organising regional projects for the Armed Forces community.

“Bravo 22 Company is an awesome project. Come and get involved.” Ray Winstone, Actor

Bravo 22 Company was created by Alice Driver, using theatre as a vehicle for recovery. It was produced with the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, The Royal British Legion and Ministry of Defence in 2011. It brought together 30 wounded, injured and sick (WIS) Service personnel to write, produce and perform their own play. 'The Two Worlds of Charlie F' was written by Owen Sheers and directed by Stephen Rayne on a West End stage.

The programme aims to give Service people and veterans new skills and experiences. It also hopes to improve confidence, self-awareness and motivation. All these support an individual's recovery and the transition into civilian life.

How can I take part?

All their projects are open to WIS, veterans and family members. You don't need to have any experience, just enthusiasm to learn new skills or develop existing ones.

Keep up to date with all project announcements and latest news from the Bravo 22 Company community via their Facebook page. Alternatively, email them with any enquiries you may have.

Nationwide theatre and art projects with excellent results

The Bravo 22 Company delivers projects across the country using theatre. It works with regional theatres and has extended its programming to include art. So far, Bravo 22 Company has worked with over 350 WIS, veterans and their families. Their work has been seen by over 40,000 live audience members.

All Bravo 22 Company projects are independently evaluated. They have consistently been reported by participants as being excellent. Bravo 22 Company should be used as an exemplary model of recovery-based arts projects.

The 2019 programme

Sat 26th & Sun 27th January

ART & THEATRE REVISITED: LONDON

A 2-day combined art & theatre workshop. 

Open to all Bravo alumni members who have participated in any of our past projects and to new recruits.

If you do not live locally but would like to attend this London project, we are now in a position to assist financially in terms of travel to and from the city plus accommodation on the Saturday night.

Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd March 

ART REVISITED: MANCHESTER

A 2-day art workshop in Manchester using etching.

Open to all Bravo alumni members who have participated in any of our past projects and to new recruits. 

If you do not live locally but would like to attend this London project, we are now in a position to assist financially in terms of travel to and from the city plus accommodation on the Saturday night.

Sat 16th & Sun 17th March

ART REVISITED: SOUTHPORT

A 2-day art workshop in Southport using drawing.

Open to all Bravo alumni members who have participated in any of our past projects and to new recruits.

If you do not live locally but would like to attend this London project, we are now in a position to assist financially in terms of travel to and from the city plus accommodation on the Saturday night.

Sat 26th & Sun 27th April

THEATRE REVISITED: NEWCASTLE

A 2-day theatre workshop in Newcastle.

Open to all Bravo alumni members who have participated in any of our past projects and to new recruits.

If you do not live locally but would like to attend this London project, we are now in a position to assist financially in terms of travel to and from the city plus accommodation on the Saturday night.

February – June 

THEATRE: BIRMINGHAM

This project will start with ‘drop in’ workshops in February, followed by story-sharing in March and April. Rehearsals will be in May followed by 4 days of performance at the Birmingham Hippodrome on 12th – 15th June.

Open to new members in the local area, if you haven’t taken part in a Bravo project before and live in or near to Birmingham, then this one’s for you!

As this project will be primarily for people based locally, travel and accommodation will not be provided. 

Requests from alumni to join this Birmingham project will be assessed on a case by case basis – please get in touch with Sue to discuss.

Sat 6th & Sun 7th July

THEATRE: PORTRUSH

A 2-day theatre workshop in Portrush, Northern Ireland.

Open to new members in the local area, if you haven’t taken part in a Bravo project before and live in or near to Portrush, then this one’s for you!

As this project will be primarily for people based locally, travel and accommodation will not be provided. 

Requests from alumni to join the Portrush project will be assessed on a case by case basis – please get in touch with Sue to discuss.

September (exact dates to be confirmed)

THE ART OF RECOVERY: LIVERPOOL

A month-long art project in Liverpool using clay.

Open to new members, if you haven’t taken part in a Bravo project before and live in or near to Liverpool, then this one’s for you!

As this project will be primarily for people based locally, travel and accommodation will not be provided. 

Requests from alumni to join the Liverpool project will be assessed on a case by case basis – please get in touch with Sue to discuss.

** All art projects will be led by professional sculptor Al Johnson and all theatre projects will be led by theatre director Kate Beales.

** Most workshop days will start at 10am and finish by 6pm. 

Travel, accommodation and other costs

We are delighted to let you all know that the Royal British Legion has generously agreed to cover travel and accommodation costs for all Bravo alumni and new recruits wishing to attend the majority of the 2-day Revisited projects. So, if you do not live locally but would like to attend the workshops in London, Manchester, Southport or Newcastle we are now in a position to assist financially in terms of travel to and from the locations plus accommodation on the Saturday night. Local travel costs will not be covered, however in most cases the accommodation is either at the workshop venue or is nearby.

As our projects in Birmingham, Portrush and Liverpool will be primarily for people based locally, travel and accommodation will not be provided.

Light refreshments (tea, coffee, water, biscuits, fruit) will be available at the workshops. However breakfast, lunch and dinner is not provided so participants will need to cover these costs.

Manchester art project

Get involved in an exciting opportunity for wounded, injured and sick Service men and women, veterans and their family members to take part in an art project, aiming to improve participants’ self-awareness, confidence, self-esteem and motivation to move along their individual recovery pathway.

Manchester art project

Unspoken

Based on the real life stories of the Bravo 22 Company.

Unspoken will premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 21st – 28th August 2018 before visiting Liverpool, Birmingham, the House of Commons and London.

Find out more

Brighton art project

The Royal British Legion’s award winning Bravo 22 Company ran its first recovery and well-being through art project in Brighton. 

Wounded, injured or sick service personnel, veterans and their family members took part to get involved in something creative and learn new skills through model making, sculpture and collage.

Brighton art project

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