Macrobert Arts Centre Veterans Project
Alan Cameron

From Monday 5th to Friday 23rd February, Stand Easy worked with the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling on a drama project for Veterans.

The group of Veterans which included the widow of a Veteran, were brilliant to work with. In 3 weeks they came together as a team, learnt drama skills and devised and performed a play. The play itself was a serious look at how past events can often catch up with Veterans, creating family and life issues. However, we had enormous fun in working together to create it. 2 students from Stirling University worked with the group and our thanks to them.

The story was based around a naval Veteran who had served in Aden at the age of 16, at the point of Britain’s withdrawal. It is a largely forgotten war and this echoed the sense of those Veterans who become cut off from life, and need support to re-engage.

We had a full audience, mainly of Veterans, who appreciated what the Veteran participants had achieved and who found the performance very moving. Our thanks to Gerry at H4H Band of Brothers/Band of Sisters who got the word out there.

Also, our thanks to all the staff at the Macrobert Arts Centre for being so supportive. It was a particularly successful partnersip, which we hope will continue.