PREVIEW: The Two Worlds of Charlie F, Newcastle Theatre Royal

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IN the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the play The Two Worlds of Charlie F, will be performed in Newcastle.

The unique tour will be performed by medically discharged military personnel, as well as professional actors.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F was the idea of Alice Driver, the executive producer of this new tour. Her initial idea was to provide a unique work placement for serving wounded, injured and sick military personnel within a theatre company.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F is a soldier’s view of service, injury and recovery. Moving from the war in Afghanistan, through the dream world of morphine-induced hallucinations to the physio rooms of Headley Court, the play explores the consequences of injury, both physical and psychological, and its effects on others as the soldiers fight to win the new battle for survival at home.

The cast will include ex-servicemen and women Bombardier (Rtd) Gareth Crabbe, Rifleman (Rtd) Daniel Shaw, Darren “Swifty” Swift, Marine Cassidy Little and Lieutenant Col (Rtd) Stewart Hill, with further casting to be announced.

Marine Cassidy Little, who plays the title role of Marine Charlie Fowler, was born in Canada and studied performance art in the United States. He then did live comedy in Britain before joining the Marines. Cassidy lost a leg in his second tour of Afghanistan.

On the night the show opens in Newcastle, April 28, patrons can support the Royal British Legion’s Bravo 22 Company, a theatre project for wounded soldiers, by opting to buy a £50 ticket which includes champagne with the cast after the show.

General tickets are £9 from the Box Office on Tel. 08448 112121.