News: The Two Worlds of Charlie F.
22 December 2011
Wounded, injured and sick Service men and women perform their own story on West End stage.
The Two Worlds of Charlie F., a new play by Owen Sheers, directed by Stephen Rayne, is a unique, unforgettable and uplifting piece of theatre.
The Two Worlds of Charlie F. is a soldier’s view of service, injury and recovery. Moving from the war in Afghanistan, through the dream world of morphine induced hallucinations to the physio rooms of Headley Court, the play explores the consequences of injury, both physical and psychological, and its effects on others as the soldiers fight to win the new battle for survival at home.
Taken from the personal experience of 30 wounded, injured and sick Service personnel involved, The Two Worlds of Charlie F. is a darkly comic, authentic and uplifting tale of survival.
The aim of the project is to use a learning environment to aid the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel. The project will introduce the Service personnel involved to leading theatrical professionals and will give early Service leaders career opportunities in the theatrical industry.
Commenting on the project Ray Winstone said:
“Amazing, stunning, a got to do idea!”
The Legion’s National President, Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely KCB MC DL, commented:
“The Bravo 22 Company is an extraordinary project bringing together an exceptional group of individuals, whom I have no doubt will reap great benefits from this opportunity as facilitated by The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust.
“The project is an exciting addition to the Legion’s support for the recovery of injured Armed Forces personnel, and our care for their families.”
Arnold M Crook, Trustee of Masterclass and Chairman of the Theatre Royal Haymarket said:
“Masterclass is delighted to be partnering The Royal British Legion and the MOD in our biggest project to date. The two performances of The Bravo 22 Company Project, hosted by the Theatre Royal Haymarket in January next year, promise to be thoroughly rewarding for all concerned.”
The performances will take place at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on Sunday 22 January 2012. Members of the company will participate directly in the creation, production and performance of the piece giving them direct insight into the theatrical industry and helping to improve self-awareness, confidence, and motivation to support their individual recovery, and in particular help those who are transitioning into civilian life.
The play will be directed by Stephen Rayne, written by Owen Sheers and is produced for Masterclass by Alice Driver. The wounded, injured and sick military service personnel, whose ages range between 20 and 52 years, are currently on recovery programmes throughout Britain. The company members have charted their stories and experiences to Owen Sheers who comprises the play based on this material.
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Notes to Editors:
The Bravo 22 Company presents;
Play: The Two Worlds of Charlie F.
Written by: Owen Sheers
Directed by: Stephen Rayne
Date: 22 January 2012
Performances:Sunday at 2.30pm and 6.30pm
Address: Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Tickets: Matinee performance: £10-£35
Evening performance: £10-£55
Gala evening: £150
Box Office: 020 7930 8800
Book online: www.trh.co.uk or www.bravo22company.com
Access: Please call the box office on 020 7930 8800 for more details
Guidance: The performance contains strong language
For further information please contact The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust Press Office - Anoushka Warden, Anoushka@masterclass.org.uk 020 7389 9660