Stand Easy at Edinburgh Festival with Bravo 22

Stand Easy were busy in Edinburgh last week.

On Wednesday, Alan Cameron and Billy McWilliam attended the play ‘Wired’ at Army at the Fringe. Alan reports, “the play about post traumatic stress was produced and performed by an all female company, and was excellent – well researched and well dramatised. Billy and I were on the panel for a discussion afterwards. Billy was very pleased as he was sat next to Keith Brown (SNP Deputy Leader) who recognised him (and not me!) from a previous visit Keith made to Stand Easy at Macrobert Arts”.

Gary Gray and Richard Caffrey during a break at the Bravo 22 workshop

On Thursday, we took 6 Veterans and 3 members of staff along to a Bravo 22 day. Stand Easy was inspired by Bravo 22, so this was an important day for us to come together with our Southern counterparts.

Thanks to Gary Gray of Poppy Scotland who kindly organised the whole day. We’re also grateful to Erskine House for accommodating a drama workshop for us,  all Bravo 22 cast members (who helped run the workshop) and residents at the Personnel Recovery Centre. They also provided us with an excellent lunch and then we were given tickets to see the performance of ‘Unspoken’ at the (Pleasance).

Bravo 22 cast member Tip Cullen, with 2 of our Veterans, George Holmes and Susan Dunham

By the end of the day we all felt we had known each other for much longer as our experiences were so similar. A really great day!

Upcoming Drama Workshops In Stirling

Are you a WIS Veteran?

Do you miss being with friends who share your experiences?

Do you find yourself low in confidence?

Would you benefit from having people really listen to you?


WHERE: Macrobert Arts Centre.
WHEN: Fridays, starting 7th Sept 2018 with a taster session.
HOW LONG: 3 hours – 2.45 pm to 5.45 pm.
WHO FOR: Workshops are targeted at wounded, sick or injured veterans or those who are facing isolation, but are open to any veteran or family members.


They are enjoyable sessions where you will acquire drama skills. The confidence you build from using these skills can be transferred to your day to day life. They may lead to short performances where Veterans choose to do so. There will always be time during each session for socialising.

Sessions will be free to attend, we’ll even provide tea/coffee and biscuits!


They will be led by Hannah Uttley, a community drama professional with experience of working with Veterans.


You will definitely gain in confidence. You’ll have fun, and work in a creative, safe, supportive – but also challenging environment. You will gain a sense of achievement at having met the challenges offered. The process helps to reduce anxiety and stress, and provides a purpose and strong social support. Participants will benefit from being with veterans and civilians, and from talking things through with others who respect and value their experiences.


Contact Hannah on:, or you can also email our host organisation, Macrobert, on: or call them on: 01786466627.