Beyond the Warzone
“When we first met he was brilliant…
but then things started to change.”
“Outstanding! Had the audience on the edge of their seats.”
– Major C Mitchell. 35 Engineer Regiment. British Army.
‘Beyond the Warzone’ is an innovative Applied Theatre play that raises awareness around coercive control and domestic abuse within the armed forces community.
The play has been developed in consultation with Army Welfare Services and with numerous service providers that work with military personnel and their families, to target it at the armed forces community. It has toured to numerous military settings and proven highly effective at raising awareness and kickstarting conversations around this complex issue.
‘Beyond the Warzone’ is an adaptation of AlterEgo’s hugely acclaimed ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and ‘ToughLove’ projects. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ was originally developed in association with The City of London Police as part of their front-line officer training (in response to the HMIC’s ‘Everyone’s Business Report) and now tours to police forces and social work professionals throughout the UK. ‘ToughLove’ was itself adapted from ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and was developed for delivery to young people in secondary schools. It is now toured to schools and colleges around the UK.
It tells the story of Sam and her relationship with her partner Pete, who was in the military. How they met, how they fell in love, how Sam enjoyed and came to depend on being part of the armed forces community and how the control & abuse gradually started. Sam’s story is played out in an attempt to understand what happened to her, how others could have spotted what was going on and helped and how the tragic ending could have been prevented.
After watching audiences will:-
- Have a raised awareness of what coercive control is
- Have a raised awareness of what domestic abuse is
- Have a raised awareness of what makes a healthy relationship
- Have a raised awareness of what makes an unhealthy relationship
- Be sign-posted to appropriate help and support for victims
- Be sign-posted to appropriate help and support for perpetrators
Show Title Beyond the Warzone
Author Sean McGrath
Production Rights Gemini Creative Limited
Producer AlterEgo CS Ltd
Running Time 50 mins (including post-show talk)
Get In 1 hr
Get Out 30 mins
Cast Size 2
Performance Space 4m x 4m
Staging Ground Level – End On