An Edinburgh Festival dance production themed on the British Army is hoping to humanise warfare in a way that civilians would understand.
For the first time the Army is at the Edinburgh Festival, with '5 Soldiers: The Body Is The Frontline', a gritty and honest dance work by choreographer Rosie Kay as its headline act.
Army @ The Fringe is staffed by real serving soldiers and takes place at a real Army Reserve Centre in Edinburgh.
Choreographer Rosie Kay said:
"This is truly a humanistic portrayal of war; complex, nuanced, uncomfortable-yes, but overall, impassioned and truthful."
She added: “5 Soldiers has been a labour of love over several years for me and the cast, gaining access, insight and experience; giving us a unique understanding that helps us portray the extraordinary lives people in the military have."
Lt Col Jo Young, the British Army's Officer for the Arts spoke to Richard Hatch on Forces Radio BFBS to tell us about their two week programme.
It's received rave reviews including.
★★★★★ “... not only keeps us riveted, but helps close the gap of understanding between the armed forces and the general public.” The Scotsman
★★★★ “... a disturbing, illuminating and necessary glimpse into a world that we mostly prefer to ignore.” The Guardian
★★★★★ "War from a female perspective packs a punch" Observer
Watch powerful trailer below...
After appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the production will start a six-week tour of British Army drill halls in London, Hull, Aldershot, Swindon, Colchester and Birmingham.
National Tour 2017 in association the British Army is funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.