Battle Cry, an emotional one-man hour-long solo piece based on the true stories of veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), will be shown at the Watford Fringe on October 6.
In addition, a Battle Bus with information and advice about PTSD will also be stationed outside Watford Pump House as part of a partnership between the Former Players Club, a charity founded by local hero and football icon Luther Blissett OBE DL, and the acclaimed theatre production Battle Cry.
Members of the public and those attending the Battle Cry show as part of the Watford Fringe on October 6 will be able to look around the bus, chat to the charity and take away information about PTSD and how/where to get help.
Actor Steve Cowley, who performs Battle Cry, said: “The Watford Fringe is giving us a platform to get our play seen by even more people. Hopefully, it will act as a voice for PTSD sufferers and remind everyone that it’s ok to not be ok and that talking to someone can help.
“Our partnership with Luther Blissett means that his charity will connect us with veterans and those who could provide mental health support. Through his charity’s Forces United division we’re really excited to be collaborating on a national roadshow, which Minds at War and their bus will be an important part of, reinforcing the theme of the play and need for awareness of trauma experienced by those who have served.”
The Watford Fringe marks the launch of the national roadshow. Now in its seventh year, organisers are planning an even bigger and better creative festival for 2023 and the bus and production are an important part of that schedule.
There will be more than 70 acts taking part in venues across Watford including a gala Ukraine fundraising concert featuring the winner of Ukraine’s The Voice, Edinburgh Fringe shows with 5* reviews, West End stars, live music, ground-breaking theatre and stand-up comedy, including a show with Hi-de-Hi! legend Jeffery Holland.
Performances are spread over 17 days across Watford between September 22 and October 8. The box office is now open so people are encouraged to book their tickets now to avoid disappointment.
New for 2023 is a special discount offer – book four or more shows and get 50p off each ticket when booked together (selected performances only). To access the box office and for all the latest news about the Fringe visit the dedicated website: www.watfringe.co.uk