AN AWARD-WINNING theatre troupe comprised of a courageous cast of veterans and their families has announced new tour dates.
Bravo 22 Company will be heading to the Edinburgh Festival and Birmingham later this year to put on performances of Unspoken, which writer Gary Kitching based on the company’s real-life memories and experiences to create a hilarious-yet-heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, and hope.
Cast members include Tip Cullen, who has become a professional actor cast in several Hollywood films since making his Bravo 22 Company bow; Larraine Smith, who was part of Gareth Malone’s Military Wives Choir; and 2018 Soldiering on Awards The People’s Choice prize winner Luke Delahunty.
Long-term Bravo 22 Company member Steve Shaw said: “Performing in Edinburgh with Charlie F was an amazing experience. We sold out the venue and had standing ovations for every show so it’s great to be going back with Unspoken.
“Being part of the Bravo 22 Company for the last six years has given me so many opportunities; it’s built up my confidence, taught me new skills and introduced me to new people. I can’t wait to go back to the Festival.”
Bravo 22 Company was created by Alice Driver as a means of using theatre as a vehicle for recovery. It brought together 30 wounded, injured and sick Service personnel to write, produce and perform Bravo 22’s debut production, The Two Worlds of Charlie F, which was performed in London’s West End and received five-star reviews and won the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
The programme, which is made possible by The Royal British Legion and The Drive Project, aims to give Service personnel and veterans new skills and experiences while improving confidence, self-awareness and motivation to support recovery and the transition into civilian life and the work has been seen by more than 40,000 audience members.
Ray Winstone, ambassador of The Drive Project, said: “Bravo 22 Company is a project I have been involved with since it began in 2011 and I saw the success of its original production, The Two Worlds of Charlie F. I am delighted that due to this success it now delivers theatre and arts projects around the country to benefit the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, veterans, reservists and their families.”
Pleasance Beyond, Edinburgh
Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre