At the start of June, we finished our 4 week 2018 project. It was once again a challenge – but very rewarding. You can see the play itself on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/277762432.
We spent 3 weeks as a team, getting to know each other, devising the play (making it up ourselves, through improvisations)and then touring it for one week.
At Stand Easy, we have become increasingly aware of the importance of family understanding and support for our Veterans with mental health issues. But alongside this, there is the issue of how little support there is out there for the families themselves. These issues are what our play is about.
One significant advance for us this year, was the involvement of our first Blind Veteran. This meant a good deal of adaptation to suit her needs, but she found it a valuable experience:
“I didn’t feel any different from anyone else when working in a group ….. everyone treated me as a normal human being”. “I spoke to people about things I haven’t spoken about before in a very long time. I felt I could talk about these things in the group”. “I felt confident that I could leave my cane and walk away. That’s a big thing for me.”
We hope that this will encourage other blind or partially sighted Veterans to participate in our activities.
It is never the same watching a film of a live performance – but we hope that you get a little of the emotions we all felt during its preparation and tour.