Armed forces get to learn new skills in Nottingham

Published: 15 March 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

A theatre project is urging the armed forces community within the East Midlands to take part in a new production to be staged in Nottingham Playhouse’s Neville Studio in September 2020.

The Royal British Legion and Bravo 22 Company, a recovery programme which utilises the arts, will be holding introductory workshop sessions throughout April at Nottingham Playhouse for anyone interested in getting involved.

The workshops are an opportunity to meet the team, share stories, learn a few theatrical techniques and get a better feel for the creative experience on offer.

Bravo 22 Company aims to provide service people and veterans with new skills and experiences. It also strives to improve confidence, self-awareness and motivation to support an individual’s recovery and the transition into civilian life.

So far, Bravo 22 Company has worked with more than 550 wounded, injured and sick veterans and their families, using the arts to support their recovery. The work has been seen by more than 46,000 audience members.

The latest project follows on from Bravo 22 Company’s Reparation Island production in 2019 which was performed at Birmingham Hippodrome and a tour of Unspoken in 2018.

Linda Flecknell, area manager East Midlands for the Royal British Legion, said, “this is a chance for those taking part to learn new skills, build up their confidence and access support in a very different way. We hope it will allow people to tap into a new passion and, most importantly, tell their story.”

The project starts with three introductory workshop sessions at Nottingham Playhouse on Thursday 16 April from 10AM until 6PM, Tuesday 21 April from 10AM until 4PM and Sunday 26 April from 12 until 8PM.