Critically acclaimed SOLDIER ON coming to Sheffield

Critically acclaimed SOLDIER ON coming to Sheffield

17 June 2019

The critically acclaimed play written and directed by Jonathan Lewis will form the centrepiece of an inspiring programme of creativity on offer alongside the Invictus UK Trials for the first time.

  This July, the Invictus UK Trials will add a new pioneering arts element into the mix on offer via The Soldiers’ Arts Academy, a platform for serving and veteran military personnel to recover, retrain and to access new work. 

 Through a series of workshops, exhibitions, talks and performances this new initiative will demonstrate how those leaving the Armed Forces can look for new work outside the military family and find inspiration and security in the arts and creative industries.

 After two sell-out London seasons and a national tour in 2018  ‘Soldier On’, arrives in Sheffield at The Oval Hall, Sheffield City Hall on 23rd, 24th and 25th July.

 F**k me, its funny.”  The Sunday Times (****)

 The play is inspired by true stories which Lewis, author of the multi-award-winning West End hit ‘Our Boys, work-shopped with British servicemen and women and their families over five years.  A passionate cast, many of them Army and Royal Marine veterans, bring their own experiences to life through a mix of storytelling, music, dance and mixed media that is hard-hitting, poignant and close to their own hearts.  

 With a cast including injured veterans, the show explores what really happens when military personnel leave the army - through the journey of a group of soldiers and their family members who take up acting to help them recover from PTSD.

It's their words that do the talking in what one veteran, filmmaker Neil Davies, has named” The Full Military Monty”. 

  Lewis has said, “Soldier On is dedicated to all those who come home after war, but dont really come back.  And to all their loved ones and friends who know what its like to live with the thousand yard stare.

  Lewisscriptpacks humour, clarity and emotional punch. Effectively, the audience are parachuted behind enemy the lines into a group of post-traumatic stress survivors whove been dared, coerced or cajoled into working through their issues live on stage” 

- Evening Standard (*****)

 With humour, warmth and searing honesty, ‘Soldier On’  lays bare both the shocking and sometimes heart-warming truths about the impact of PTSD - and the very real and facts of life faced by veterans in Britain in 2019. 

 Jonathan Lewis was an Army Scholar who was invalided out of the forces in 1986.   He went on to drama school and subsequently played Sgt Chris McLeod in two series of ITV’s Soldier, Soldier in the 1990s.  Lewis’ multi-award winning hit first play ‘Our Boys” was revived in the West End in 2012 and completed an award-winning run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.

 ‘Soldier On’ is produced by Amanda Faber and the Soldiers’ Arts Academy, a platform through which serving and ex-serving military personal and their families can participate in the creative and performing arts, using their skills and experiences to engage audiences.

 Faber says, "The SoldiersArts Academy provides a platform for serving and veteran military personnel and their families to recover, retrain and to access new work. It is the first time that a production of this kind has had an extended West End run and it is a huge step forward in the groundswell of support and nurturing of significant new artistic talent from those leaving the Armed forces and their families to look for new work outside the military family.

 Age Recommendation: 14+ (There is strong language and adult references throughout. Loud bangs and the sound of gunfire.)

 

The Soldier On performances are just one of the outstanding arts events taking place alongside the Invictus UK Trials Sheffield  from 22nd to 26th July 2019.

 

 In summary, the arts events are:

Soldier On 

23rd July, 24th and 25th 7.30

Oval Hall Sheffield City Hall

Tickets £16.50  concessions £11.00 

 

Michael Morpurgo in conversation with Ade Adepitan

24th July 16.00 - 17.00

Oval Hall Sheffield City Hall

£11 - concessions £6

 

Photography Exhibition

Sheffield City Hall

Works by Amanda Searle, Rupert Frere, Wendy Faux

Admission Free

 Wednesday 10am  - 12 noon


Theatre workshop with Jonathan Lewis and cast members from Soldier On

Oval Hall Sheffield City Hall

Price £15 Concessions £10

 

Friday 26th July 10am - 12noon

Dance workshop: Movement to Contact -  a choreographic workshop for veterans and civilians 

Ballroom Sheffield City Hall

Price £15 concessions £10

 

Tickets for all of these events are available (subject to booking fees) l are available online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk through the ticket hotline on 0114 2 789 789 and in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office.

 

For further MEDIA information please contact Iain McCallum on 07771 636612