Bravo 22 Company

Bravo 22 Company, an award-winning recovery through the arts programme, is made possible by The Royal British Legion and The Drive Project. Actor Ray Winstone is the Bravo 22 Company's Ambassador. For 3 years, Newcastle Theatre Royal successfuly delivered the company's Theatre projects.

Working with wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personel, veterans and their family members, we created 3 large scale theatre productions:

Wor Stories
50 participants from the WIS community engaged in this bespoke 6 month project which culminated in a piece of new writing, Wor Stories, being performed at Newcastle Theatre Royal. 100% of those who took part stated that they felt the projects' outcomes had been satisfied and that engaging had aided their recovery and wellbeing.

This year long project was the most ambitious of all Bravo 22 Company's work to date. Engaging participants from all over the UK, the script was created using the stories and expeiences of 100 members of the WIS community. The culmination was a full scale production, opening at Newcastle Theatre Royal on Remembrance Sunday 2017, forming part of the Royal British Legion's Remembrance campaign that year.

Unspoken (reworked)
Following the success and reception of Unspoken, the script was reworked to 70 minutes and embarked upon a national tour. Following a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival residency in 2018, the tour culminated in a House of Commons performance followed by a gala event at Sadlers Wells

Project A

Project A began in 2015 in response to the high volume of young people from the North East of England unable to access formal, high quality actor training. Initially funded by the Barbour Foundation as a year long pilot, the first intake of students trained for one year at no cost to them. Such was the success of the project, Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust decided to continue to fund a full time actor training provision, at a heavily subsidised rate, for all young people aged 18-25. Now in its 5th year, Over 90% of our graduates work professionally within the industry, gain agent representation or are accepted into Drama School. Recent graduate credits include BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Paines Plough, Hull Truck, Northern Stage, Theatre 503, and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Working with leading industry practitioners, from Michael Corbidge and Professor Ros Steen to Theatre Mee Mee and Ballet Lorent, the course continues to grow and expand, now working in collaboration with Skara Skolscen, a similar provision based in Sweden. All of our students are eligable for Spotlight and Equity membership following graduation. 

For more information on Project A, visit the website

Skara Skolscen

Skara Skolscen is an independant actor training programme based in Skara, in the South West of Sweden. With a three-semester course which prepares young actors for the demands of the professional industry, it is a very similar provision to Project A. Each year, we engage in an exchange of students and practise with Skara, which is an invaluable experience for all of our students.

For more information on Skara Skolscen, visit their website

Remembrance Project

Newcastle Theatre Royal played host to part of the 2017 National campaign of Remembrance, working with the Royal British Legion.

Working with members of the wider Bravo 22 Company, a short film was made sharing their stories and experiences of war. Shot on location in Weston-super-Mare, the film was played on large screens around London and Newcastle City centre following a premier screening at the theatre before the Unspoken play premiere.

The ‘Centenary Soldier’ outside the Theatre Royal on Grey Street served as the centrepiece for the launch of the years Poppy Appeal which was in situ for the duration of the campaign.

Award-winning artist Mark Humphrey was commissioned to produce the sculpture (which stands on a plinth of limestone sourced from the Somme) by the Royal British Legion to celebrate the Every One Remembered campaign.