Graeae, Blesma and 14-18 NOW present THIS IS NOT FOR YOU, London and Stockton

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Price: All performances are free to attend

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This Is Not For You is an epic outdoor performance paying moving tribute to Britain’s wounded war veterans, men and women whose contributions to history often go unnoticed. The piece is directed by Jenny Sealey, written by Mike Kenny and performed by Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, professional performers and local community choirs.

This Is Not For You, part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, is a story of veterans’ fight for respect and remembrance, told with heft. beauty and wry humour, both on the ground and off it, with audio description and sign language as integral parts of the production. Graeae, with the National Centre for Circus Arts, has trained 25 disabled veterans in performance especially for the piece.

Alongside its performances in Greenwich and Stockton, the work will inspire an extensive education and engagement programme, encouraging veterans and members of the public to share their experiences and stories on this important subject.

‘You go past The Cenotaph and the crowd clap you. It’s quite moving. We were waving to the crowd, and this little boy said: “This is not for you survivors. This is for the dead.” It made me feel guilty.’
A veteran describing his experiences on Remembrance Sunday

Performances:

Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July 3pm & 7.30pm (both days)
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, London
Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich

Thursday 2 August 8.30pm
Friday 3 August 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Stockton High Street, Stockton International Festival, Stockton-on-Tees

Audio flyer https://soundcloud.com/graeaetheatre/this-is-not-for-you-audio-flyer
BSL trailer https://vimeo.com/268431656

Access:
All performances include creative use of British Sign Language and audio description

Location

30 June & 1 July: Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18. 2 & 3 Aug: Stockton High Street, Stockton on Tees

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