Stand Easy works with Wounded, Injured and Sick Veterans, using drama activities to help their recovery. We also encourage family members to participate; research shows that a Veteran’s family often needs support too.
Most of our Veterans are with us because of mental health issues and the majority of these are Post Traumatic Stress related. We already work with one blind Veteran, and would encourage others with sight impairment to join us; we also work with Veterans who suffer from isolation and have withdrawn from usual social contact.
We don’t expect Veterans to have previous experience of drama, nor do we aim to create actors – this is about the re-engaging of skills already possessed, including: courage, teamwork, communication skills, a sense of humour, concentration, self-discipline, etc. Stand Easy aims to add creativity and imagination to that list.
Stand Easy makes sure no-one will be asked to do anything they’re not comfortable with. No-one will be forced to talk about their experiences or forced to learn a script! We create everything ourselves, and whilst there’s always room for experimentation, we devise projects together, in a challenging but supportive environment.
Most importantly – you will be listened to.
Your experience and your stories will be valued, and you will be offered the opportunity to build acting skills that will help self-confidence and self-esteem. These will help you to engage with both Veterans and civilians, and build your ability to share your experiences and feelings with others.
You will be offered the opportunity to create and perform plays that will reflect your experiences, and subsequently help the public (and perhaps even family and friends) to understand.
We work with professional staff, together with student volunteers. In Dundee the students are HND drama students from the Dundee and Angus College, and in Stirling they are University students.
We run 4 week performance projects: in Dundee these take place in May each year, and these end with a 1-week tour of community centres in Dundee, and other venues in Stirling and Perth. In 2019 we will finish the tour at the Dundee Rep (performing in a large rehearsal space). We are about to start working with Veterans in Perth, and Glenochil Prisons.
We also run weekly drama/social workshops in Dundee and in Stirling. These are not performance based – but may lead to performances if the group decides so. These have a strong social element to them.
Do please give us a try, or if you know of a Veteran who might benefit from what we do, tell them about us, and tell us about them so that we can arrange to meet and explain in more detail what we do.
We understand how difficult it can be to make a positive change, but we, and the Veterans we work with, are there to help right from the start. Every communication is confidential, and we won’t be surprised by anything you tell us – be honest, and we’ll do our best to listen and work with you.
Contact us in the first instance by e-mail: [email protected]