Bravo 22 Company: Recovery and wellbeing through the arts

Bravo 22 Company is The Royal British Legion's recovery through the arts programme, 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 2018 programme

  • 19th & 20th April - Theatre Revisited: Plymouth
  • 3rd & 4th May - Theatre Revisited: Newcastle
  • 26th & 27th May - The Art of Recovery, Revisited: Manchester
  • 2nd & 3rd June - The Art of Recovery, Revisited: Brighton
  • 18th October - 6th November - The Art of Recovery: Bristol

About the projects

Theatre Revisited: London, Plymouth & Newcastle

A 2-day theatre programme. It includes practical performance and improvisation, a meal and a group visit to a theatre production.

The Art of Recovery, Revisited: Manchester & Brighton

A 2-day art project which will include making clay head sculptures, a meal and a group visit to an exhibition.

The Art of Recovery: Bristol

A 3-week art project where you will have the opportunity to make life-size sculptures using armature wire and aluminium mesh. The pieces you create will be put on display in an exhibition open to the public.

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.

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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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