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Inspiring Stories: Recovery and Wellbeing Through the Arts
Come and spend a session with the award-winning company The Drive Project.
In 2011 they set up the first Recovery Project using theatre for wounded service personnel. The Two Worlds of Charlie F was the result, a play based on the stories of serving wounded soldiers and performed by them. Participants found the process to be life changing; those involved spoke of how it had helped them reconnect with similar others, increased their sense of self-worth, and in some cases improved family relationships. The project was independently evaluated as exemplary in its methods and outcomes.
Since then they have worked with the Ministry of Defence, the Royal British Legion and Blesma, using the Arts to help hundreds of service personnel, veterans and their family members to move forward in their lives. The Drive Project’s work has been seen by 1000s of audience members as well as a TV audience of 1.5 million.
Through this work The Drive Project has met many inspirational veterans who have overcome huge adversity and gone on to achieve great things. These veterans have incredible personal stories to tell, stories which have an impact on those who hear them whatever their background.
In this session you will hear three wounded veterans honestly tell their stories of overcoming adversity and of the extraordinary lives they have gone on to lead. You will also hear from The Drive Project’s founder, Alice Driver. Alice will talk about the history of the company, and the creative projects it has been involved with. She and the veterans will discuss their personal experiences of the impact the projects have had on those involved.
This is an interactive, dynamic session with audience discussions and a Q and A. This unique session, which is in association with Verve Properties, will be taking place in the Paintwork's Event Space. Paintwork's is a vibrant venue in the heart of Bristol's creative quarter and will be the perfect setting for this inspiring event.
A collection for Blesma, the charity for limbless veterans, will be taken.
For more information see www.thedriveproject.co.uk
Supported by the University of Bristol, Department of English and iBA in Medical Humanities