Hollywood star Ray Winstone lends his support to Waterside’s troops project

Ray Winstone
Ray Winstone

A pioneering theatre project which helps servicemen and woman recover from emotional and physical injuries is coming to the Waterside Theatre - and film legend Ray Winstone is lending his support.

Bravo 22 Company provides the first ever theatre recovery project for serving injured and sick military personnel.

And on January 17 Mr Winstone, 57, will visit the Waterside to meet the new company and introduce them to some of the original cast.

The actor, who has appeared in a string of blockbusters, including Sexy Beast and Noah, said: “It began in 2011 and I have seen the success of its original production The Two Worlds of Charlie F.

“I am delighted that due to this success the theatre model is being rolled out regionally and Buckinghamshire will be the first region to benefit from it.

“I look forward to meeting old and new company members on January 17.”

Creating the project was the first time that the Ministry of Defence had allowed a theatre company access to wounded soldiers.

The project lead to interviews and workshops which then turned into a play entitled The Two Worlds of Charlie F which was performed at the Haymarket Theatre in London.

The play was written by the award-winning poet and playwright Owen Sheers, and helped to boost the confidence and self esteem of the group members.

Mr Winstone became instrumental in recruiting for the original company, and the play received rave reviews.

The company has now launched a regional pilot programme with performances to take place at the Waterside in March 2015, ahead of a national roll out for 2015.

If you would like to get involved with the project there are a number of opportunities available with the Bravo 22 Company Legacy Project.

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