Unspoken was created during a yearlong theatre project engaging Bravo 22 Company alumni in the creation of a new play about the impact of war. It was performed on Remembrance Sunday in Newcastle upon Tyne and formed part of the Royal British Legion’s 2017 Campaign of Remembrance. The project was launched in the House of Commons in January 2017.
16 Bravo 22 Company alumni performed in the play and shared their stories with the Bravo production team who created a unique piece of theatre, providing a platform for the alumni’s voices to be heard.
Unspoken benefitted 100 members of the WIS community. Not only did it provide a safe and encouraging environment to share their stories, it gave a voice to those 25 participants cast to perform in the play and supporting film. The cast shared their stories with a public audience of 1,250 people, providing a stimulus for conversation and greater understanding of the impact of war to those who remain at home and those who return home.
The production was incredibly successful in providing a recovery pathway and increasing the wellbeing of those who participated. MP Chi Onwurah stated that the performance was “deeply moving and an important vehicle to provide empathy and understanding among society.”
We are thrilled to announce that owing to the success of this one off performance in Newcastle in November 2017, the production has been reworked to tour across the U.K. in autumn 2018, premiering at Pleasance Beyond as part of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival.
The Royal British Legion is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community through thick and thin – ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten.
The Legion supports serving members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Marines, Reservists, veterans and their families. They help veterans young and old transition into civilian life, helping with employment, financial issues, respite and recovery, through to lifelong care and independent living.
Find out more at rbl.org.uk
Our arts projects aid recovery and build communities.
The Drive Project was founded by theatre producer Alice Driver in 2015 to deliver powerful, innovative creative projects for charities and businesses. The aim was to use the power and popularity of the arts to spread awareness about mental health and wellbeing, and at the same time support and embolden the very people that those charities benefit.
In a few short years we’ve delivered award-winning theatre for the West End with a cast of wounded soldiers, built community programmes to train limbless veterans (and inspire thousands of school children), and film, television and arts projects that have reached audiences of millions. And for FTSE 100 companies, we’ve provided training and talks from inspirational speakers to help them empower and motivate teams.
We’ve worked with Theatre Royal Haymarket, the Ministry of Defence, the Royal British Legion, actor Ray Winstone, director Sir Trevor Nunn, and former Chief of Defence Staff, Sir David Richards, as well as Deloitte and KPMG.
Our work adheres to 2 of the principles of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the UN’s blueprint for achieving a happier and healthier world by 2030. We are proud that through our projects, we are supporting the UK’s goal to provide good health & wellbeing and sustainable cities & communities for all by 2030.
We’re an award-winning social enterprise, putting our profits towards developing more projects and helping more people.
Find out more at thedriveproject.co.uk
Newcastle Theatre Royal brings entertainment and inspiration to Newcastle, the North East and beyond by providing a diverse programme of the highest quality live theatre and performing arts for all. The word welcome is fundamental to us, and we strive to not only make our venues welcoming and accessible but to create high quality and engaging work with and for communities throughout the UK. From our community and education work, to our outreach groups and actor training programme, we inspire and instill the highest possible standards.
Find out more at theatreroyal.co.uk