THE ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE
“I am so proud and overwhelmed. It is the most moving play I’ve seen for a long, long time. The public should get behind this and be part of something unforgettable” Ray Winstone
The original concept for The Two Worlds of Charlie F. came from Masterclass’ Creative Producer Alice Driver who developed a model that would see theatre used to develop and introduce skills to individuals under professional guidance.
In December 2010 Alice decided to use the model to aid the recovery of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) Service personnel. The goal was to create a company of WIS Service personnel and develop an original play based on their experiences. In the Spring of 2011 Masterclass approached The Royal British Legion to come on-board as a partner and in the Summer Alice Driver, with the help of Steve Jackson, approached Actor Ray Winstone to be the ambassador of the project. Ray jumped at the opportunity and along with Masterclass and The Royal British Legion began the process of recruiting for the project at Personnel Recovery Units across the country.
It was paramount to the integrity and success of the project that the play be based on the real experiences of the wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel . With that in mind Owen Sheers, playwright for the National Theatre of Wales’ production of The Passion and author of Resistance, and Director Stephen Rayne, whose repertoire of work spans productions in the West End, with the National Theatre and the RSC, spoke to each and every person that wanted to be involved to record their words and stories and turn them into a play of real power and depth. The interview process took place between September and November 2011when the cast arrived to begin an intensive two month rehearsal schedule.
The play was originally performed twice at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 22nd January 2011, by 15 serving Armed Forces personnel and 5 professional actors. Both the matinee and evening performances sold out and garnered universal critical acclaim. It proved so successful that the play toured the UK, playing a total of 15 times in Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh – during the Festival Fringe – and London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket. Ever performance has been met with full-house standing ovations and many performances sold out. On August 21st The Two Worlds of Charlie F. was awarded the prestigious Amnesty International Freedom of Expression in Theatre award.
The play returned for two final performances to Theatre Royal Haymarket on Sunday 9th September.
The Space The original performance of The Two Worlds of Charlie F. will be available to watch on The Space from 26th June 2012 until 31st October 2012.
Please support the brave Service personnel involved and buy the documentary of the project or DVD of the play.
Imagine…Theatre of War (The making of the Two Worlds of Charlie F): Buy the Documentary DVD here
The Two Worlds of Charlie F, (Filming of the original production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket): Buy the Play DVD here
Please be aware that the performance contains the use of strong language from the start