Moving play about injured soldiers

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Serving military personnel and veterans are among the cast of a critically-acclaimed play that explores what happens when a soldier suffers serious injury on duty.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F is a soldier’s view of service, injury and recovery and is coming to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from Monday 14th until Saturday 19th April.

The production came about when Alice Driver, the executive producer of the play’s tour, wanted to provide the first theatre recovery project and unique work placement for serving wounded, injured and sick (WIS) military personnel within a theatre company.

This was the first time that the MoD had allowed a theatre company access to their wounded soldiers and led to workshops and interviews with the WIS service personnel from the war in Afghanistan, which, in turn, led to a play being created.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F moves from the war in Afghanistan, through the dream world of morphine-induced hallucinations, to the physio rooms of Headley Court rehabilitation centre.

The play explores the consequences of injury, both physical and psychological and its effects on others as the soldiers fight to win the new battle for survival at home.

It is a very personal and moving look at the effects of war on individual combatants, but it also has a huge amount of humour and humanity.

Marine Cassidy Little, who plays the title role of Charlie Fowler, was born in Canada, studied performance art and then did stand-up comedy in Britain before joining the Marines after a bet.

Cassidy lost a leg on his second tour of Afghanistan.

Tickets are £27.50 to £14, plus concessions, including £10 tickets for Service Personnel, veterans and Royal British Legion volunteers.