This transfer of Soldier On, which has toured the UK and won public and critical acclaim, is a powerful, explosive and compelling piece of storytelling from a former soldier-turned-actor, now director and playwright, Jonathan Guy Lewis.
Soldier On reminds us that, whilst the memory of those conflicts has faded from the front pages, the price is still being paid, the grief and horror of what occurred made new and raw every day by the re-experiencing nightmare of PTSD.
Soldier On is a brave enterprise of the Soldiers’ Arts Academy charity which helps rehabilitate ex-service people through involvement with theatre, and this excellent company is part-military, part-professional actors.
Ahead of Remembrance Day, Jonathan Lewis’ acclaimed play Soldier On re-opens this week for an extended five-week season at The Other Palace. In our series of featured interviews, ex 42 Commando and injured veteran Cassidy Little tells us how every day of the year is Remembrance Day for him. Time to get booking!
The real experience of the personnel from Soldiers’ Arts Academy melts seamlessly into the professionalism of staging and script in Soldier On. Theatre of war, theatre of theatre. Hard to beat.
Such enthusiasm for the piece is indicative of both the commitment of this company of soldiers and actors and the importance of the subject matter. How can the arts help to heal PTSD?