It’s less than six weeks until the curtain rises on a remarkable theatre-forces production at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre and back stage work is furiously taking place to get the drama ready.
The show, due to be performed on March 26-28, has now been named. Contact is based on stories from Bucks families and service personnel and reveals how they cope when the armed forces are away at war.
It will be performed by former service members who are recovering from physical injury or mental illness.
The production comes from Bravo 22 Company, (The Royal British Legion’s Recovery Through Theatre programme), run by The Royal British Legion in association with the Waterside and supported by LAMDA.
It follows the success of a break-through production called The Two Worlds Of Charlie F which won critical and public acclaim when it showcased in London’s West End before touring last year.
The production, funded by the Bucks Community Covenant and The Royal British Legion, is backed by tough guy actor Ray Winstone who launched a recruitment drive last month.
Writer Roz Wyllie explained the title: “We were looking for something with a military punch that also covered the themes of the play.
“The word ‘contact’ has many meanings; in military terms there’s contact with the enemy, there are contact houses which the forces keep for visiting families, and, of course, there’s human contact.
“Ultimately contact is when things collide or touch and that’s part of what the play is about”.
Tickets for Contact are on sale now.