The Trust's Patron

Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO
Former Chief of Defence Staff

Theatre Royal Plymouth - Armed Forces Project 2015

 

Donation towards Veterans' production of "Boots at the Door" Theatre Royal Plymouth: May 2015

DDMT is proud to announce a donation to the Theatre Royal Plymouth to complete the part funding from the Royal British Legion for the Theatre's "Armed Forces Project 2015".

This project aims to follow the success of "The Two Worlds of Charlie F" and harness the process of theatre to support the recovery of WIS personnel in the area; the long term goals are to assist a smooth transition into a wider community, gain transferable skills and to make use of story sharing and creativity for enhanced wellbeing.

In a similar vein Theatre Royal Plymouth Armed Forces Project tells the stories of real people, giving a voice to those previously unheard members of the community.  After writing, production and rehearsals were complete the performance ran for 3 nights in December 2015, opening with a Gala Performance, where tickets were charged at a premium and funds raised to continue the legacy.

The first review of Boots at the Door demonstrates the success of the project both to the public and those involved as "The Two Worlds of Charlie F" had before it and we look forward to receiving more news from the Theatre Royal team in February.

"The Two Worlds of Charlie F" was a project conducted by the British Legion's Theatre Welfare Company in partnership with the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. It was performed by serving and veteran soldiers and explored the effect of injury and its impact on others before, during and after.

A full evaluation by Leeds Metropolitan University found it had proven to have a restorative effect on those involved.  The production was awarded the prestigious Amnesty International Freedom of Expression in Theatre award. 

 “The success of the Two Worlds of Charlie F confirmed that there is a place for theatre in the recovery process of wounded injured and sick Service personnel. The Legion is relishing the opportunity to take the Bravo 22 Company concept into local communities and expand the offering to the wider Armed Forces family.” Carol Smith, Assistant Director of Operations, The Royal British Legion.

Early planning pictures:

 

Kit bagsStudying map

 

 

 

We would love to hear from you if you know of any soldier (whether current or past), family member or any project that might benefit from our help.