Thanks so much to everyone who came to see Abandoned Brothers last month at Chapter. It has been a rollercoaster of a journey. We have been humbled by the determination and strength of the veterans and family members we met along the way. The stories in the final performance were just a fraction of what we have heard over the past three months. We have listened, laughed, cried, at times wondered where it was all going, but what drove this project on was the insistence of our group that theirs is a story which needs to be told. The moment of hearing those stories shared with an audience was really something
This autumn, we are launching our Life Story Training with support from the Arts Council of Wales and The Baring Foundation. Life Story work is an exciting and creative way of working which celebrates the person and their unique life story. Our training courses will show people how to implement life story work in hospitals, care homes, prisons, veterans’ support groups, hospices, community arts settings and theatres.
We've got a week to go till Abandoned Brothers opens at Chapter. At the moment it feels about as scary as theatre can get. We're creating documentary theatre. There is no safety barrier of fiction. This is real-life and the emotions our performers are going through are raw and painful. Today one of our performers re-enacted the moment he pleaded with a psychiatrist to help him as he was scared of going home and what he might do
We are launching our 2012 training programme this month. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales and The Baring Foundation, this training programme enables us to draw together the learning of our work over the past 6 years
We are in the research stage of a brand new project which seeks to explore the experience of war and the impact it has on the lives of those who go through it. We feel there is an urgency to capture the stories of men and women who experienced World War Two, as in the near future there will be no-one left to pass on these experiences first-hand.