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‘Honest and heart-warming’ soldier play to come to Dartford

PUBLISHED: 12:34 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:34 17 January 2018

Soldier On will be coming to Dartford on March 1. Picture: Amanda Searle

Soldier On will be coming to Dartford on March 1. Picture: Amanda Searle

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Soldier On - a new stage play written by Johnathan Guy Lewis, will soon be coming to the Woodville theatre in Dartford.

Soldier On will put every cast, crew and audience member in touch with some very real and often disturbing facts of life about the world we live in - specifically Britain in 2018.

Mr Lewis, soldier turned actor, writer and director, said: “I think it’s safe to say that the military and the themes that arise out of serving Queen & Country are never far away from me.

“Now more than ever we need to support the thousands of people who’ve served and returned - to validate and affirm them, in a world that seems to be turning upside down.”

About to enter rehearsals is a passionate group of individuals, many of them army veterans.

Through storytelling and dance, they will bring to life hard-hitting, poignant experiences close to their own hearts.

The play, through its humour, warmth and searing honesty, aims to lay bare many shocking and sometimes heart-warming truths.

With a greater current understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD) than anything that existed in the past, Mr Lewis believes more acknowledgement of the importance of creating opportunities for veterans to process complex emotions in creative ways is needed, as this contributed to his writing of the play.

“The ancient world knew all about the horrors of war.

“After a battle was fought, traditionally, the survivors would make a big fire, stand around it and talk about their experience of the fight.

“They would create a shared narrative which helped to process the trauma and bring the warriors together.”

He believes this process brings to light a sharp contrast to the isolation felt by many veterans in the modern world.

Producer Amanda Faber said: “Often PTSD can take years to surface and the impact it can have on the lives of the soldiers and their families is profound.

“Soldier On is a brilliant play – funny and honest and heart-warming.”

The Woodville theatre showing will be on Thursday, March 1.

Tickets can be bought at https://woodville.seatlive.com/Online/.

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