MEMBERS of Newcastle’s Armed Forces community are taking to the stage to play their part in a Geordie-themed theatrical production.

Wor Stories – “our stories” in Newcastle dialect – is based on the real-life experiences of the 30 men and women involved with the project and is a culmination of a 13-week project run by Bravo 22 Company, The Royal British Legion’s “recovery through the arts” programme in partnership with the Theatre Royal and The Drive Project.

Linda Shaw and her husband Dave are involved in the production, with Dave helping behind the scenes and Linda taking on an acting role. Dave has suffered with PTSD for more than 10 years.

Linda said: “I like that we talk about our experiences and aren’t being judged. A lot of people don’t understand PTSD and I thought it would be good to have my input of what it’s like living with someone with the condition.”

Director Chris Connel added: “I’m a big believer that the arts are important in any walk of life. They expand people’s horizons, helping them to look out from within themselves – because when people are isolated, they tend to look inwards.”

Get your tickets 

The production takes place at the Newcastle Theatre Royal from 7 to 10 December  and tickets are available now from the venue’s website.

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