We've got a week to go till Abandoned Brothers opens at Chapter. At the moment it feels about as scary as theatre can get. We're creating documentary theatre. There is no safety barrier of fiction. This is real-life and the emotions our performers are going through are raw and painful. Today one of our performers re-enacted the moment he pleaded with a psychiatrist to help him as he was scared of going home and what he might do. These men are haunted by post-traumatic stress disorder, haunted by the images and sounds and smells of war. And their wives and children and aunties and mothers are picking up the pieces. "He dies in my arms every night" one woman said to us this week of her husband who still has nightmares of fighting in Northern Ireland 30 years on.
So, the fear for us as directors. We have men onstage who are suffering from PTSD one of the symptoms of which is memory loss(!), we also have women onstage telling what it's like for them, we have high levels of emotion, we have no script as people are telling their own lives, we have a live musician, a film-maker, an audience...
would anyone be interested in reviewing this show? We've often shied away from reviews because our work is real-life and how do you review someone's life, but we'd be really interested in getting an outside view on this show.
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