ARMED Forces champion and award-winning actor Ray Winstone is urging Newcastle’s Armed Forces community to take part in a new theatre project starting this month.

Run by Bravo 22 Company, The Royal British Legion’s programme to aid recovery through the arts, the project is open to all wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, veterans and their family members. Participants will work alongside professionals at the theatre on a production that will go on stage at Newcastle Theatre Royal this December.

This will be the fourth production from Bravo 22 Company, which is working in partnership with Newcastle Theatre Royal and The Drive Project, and follows The Two Worlds of Charlie F by Owen Sheers. The play received five-star reviews, won the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, has undertaken two tours and been seen by nearly 40,000 people in the UK and Canada.

Steve Shaw, veteran and actor in The Two Worlds of Charlie F, said: “When I signed up to Bravo 22 I saw it as an opportunity to do something I’d never done before.

“After my injury I was made to feel like I was superfluous to life, but getting involved in this project proved that I have a voice. I would wholeheartedly urge other people to get involved in projects like this. When we fall down we pick ourselves up – and this project has proved that it works and it helps people.”

There are various ways to participate, whether it’s telling your story, script writing, acting, stage managing, a front of house or technical role, no experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm to try something new.

Script writing and rehearsals will take place on various dates from September to November 2016, leading up to final performances at the Newcastle Theatre Royal and other locations in early December. For more information, visit www.britishlegion.org.uk/bravo22 

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