The Two Worlds of Charlie F.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F. - Review by Stuart Dowson


Richmond Theatre, London - Monday 17 March, 2014

The Two Worlds of Charlie F. is a rich tapestry of stories told by war veterans about their experiences of fighting in Afghanistan. Originally created as a rehabilitation programme for wounded, injured and sick (WIS) soldiers, Stephen Rayne's production was performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in 2012 and is now receiving a wider audience as it goes on tour.

As such, it feels wrong to give this piece a 'star rating' as that is not what it's for. 

It offers an insight into what life is like for disabled soldiers and is open and honest. Whilst it felt a little one-side at times, this an important piece in understanding that the conflict lasts long after a soldier returns from war.

There is a clever combination of music, dance and song, which allows the soldiers to express themselves in various ways and they work really well together. There is a strong sense of camaraderie, obviously gained through working with each other for such a long period of time. 

The Two Worlds of Charlie F. is playing around the UK. Details here: