Had the chance to see Soldier On at The Other Palace last night, and I'm really glad I did.
The play is currently on a limited run until the 24th November, commemorating the end of the First World War, and is influenced by the stories of British servicemen and women, the result of a series of workshops conducted by writer/director Jonathan Lewis.
Telling the story of ex-servicemen and women and their families as they come together to produce their own show, this is a beautiful, touching and funny story about people living with PTSD, rebuilding their lives post-service, the people who love them, and much more besides. It's also about camaraderie and healing, buggering on in the face of adversity, and I think the show as a whole was incredibly cathartic, not only for the audience but the performers too.
In a bold, canny stroke, the cast is a mix of professional actors and ex-service personnel, bringing a sense of raw authenticity to the show. I found it very difficult to single out the "real" actors from the non-professionals, as everyone did such a brilliant job bringing the script to life.
I really enjoyed this show and look forward to seeing another production in the future. If you have the opportunity to see it before this run ends, make sure you do - it won't disappoint! -8/10
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