Make Contact with this moving military show

Some of the cast of the Bravo 22 Theatre Company's production of Contact at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Some of the cast of the Bravo 22 Theatre Company's production of Contact at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
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The cast of a ground-breaking theatre production which shares stories of life in the forces are preparing for their first performance in front of an audience tonight.

Bravo 22 Company’s Contact project will see the cast – who are either serving miltary personnel or veterans – get up on stage in the Second Space at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for the show’s opening night tonight.

The production is one of the first of its kind in the UK, which has taken the experiences of those affected by conflict and enlisted the help of local veterans and serving personnel to write, produce and perform a play sharing all their stories.

The ‘tech week’ got underway on Monday, which involves the technical team running through every scene with the cast to ensure the sound, lighting and use of projection are fine tuned and timed to perfection in line with the script.

The company manager, stage manager, lighting and sound engineers, director and writer all work together, tweaking elements of the production to ensure a slick final show.

A typical tech rehearsal day – which starts at 9am and ends at around 10.30pm – involves more than 30 people and requires all cast members to be on call ready to go through their various scenes.

It’s estimated that more than 250 cups of tea will have been drunk by the end of the week, which equates to around 50 cups a day!

Company manager Roshan Conn said: “I’ve been working on the production for several weeks now since rehearsals started and it’s been great seeing everyone make so much progress and to have had such a fun time in the process.

“Emotions are running high behind the scenes with everyone buzzing with excitement – and of course a healthy dose of nerves!

“I feel very proud to have gone on this journey with a great group of people and we’re all really looking forward to sharing the show with our sell-out audiences at the end of the week.”

Emotions are running high behind the scenes with everyone buzzing with excitement – and of course a healthy dose of nerves!

Roshan Conn, Bravo 22 company manager

After only 26 days of rehearsals, the show is almost ready to take to the stage and Hollywood actor and ambassador of the original Bravo 22 project Ray Winstone is expected to be among the audience over the weekend.