We hear about military veterans on the news, the violence, the suffering, and the loss - but we don’t hear the personal side, up-close, from those who are going through it right now. We, Re-Live are hearing these stories right now in Chapter. They are moving, shocking, sometimes lonely sometimes funny stories. We are entering into a collaborative process of shaping them, guiding them into one story which we will present to an audience....artists, military men and family members working together...
For the first time in Wales, at Chapter from 13th-15th June 2012, military veterans and their families will take to the stage to tell their own unique stories of life in the armed forces, and the struggle of coming home to Wales. They will express, from first-hand experience the invisible battle of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the effect this has on veterans and their families.
The audience will be invited to bear witness to a veteran’s daily struggle in adapting to a civilian way of life.
“Abandoned Brothers” will give a platform for veterans to speak out in a creative way about their inner battles. The transformative potential of the arts is beginning to be recognised within the military in some countries, and Re-Live are excited to be creating the first theatre event of its kind in Wales.
“I’ve got 30 years of pain to get out, the stories are bursting out of me”, William Field, Falklands Veteran. “This feels like a chance to turn things around”.
We hope we will create a unique theatre experience that brings together the voices of veterans from World War Two, Northern Ireland, The Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan in a powerful and timely performance.
This show is not about the historical facts of war, but the emotional and personal accounts of war told by those who've experienced it. They have a story they really want to tell.
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