I want to put this story into the world like a compassion grenade - but God save us from actors who try to be Noble. It is and intense story told with humour and a lightness of touch. Also, the play is not a piece of political theatre pushing an agenda or a specific piece of legislation, but one soldier's story.
Artistic energy and healing energy are the same thing, with different focus. I would like to unite them both in a high vibration in this work. Nadine George ( a mentor and voice practitioner with whom I have worked intensively) once talked to me about hearing the voice 'déchirez le coeur' in the text. She was referring, I believe, to how you can hear the heart tear in someone's voice as they speak. The predecessor to her work, Alfred Wolfson, fought on the front line in WW1, and one line of artistic enquiry in her work springs from a thought he had: "How can there be so much life in the voice of a dying soldier?"
As a result, her technique helps each actor to directly tap the wellspring of authentic humanity we all have inside, and is profoundly life-affirming.
I want to give voice to this particular story so that the audience who watch it are held and moved by it, so that it can be part of a larger story that can peaceably become past, and so the woman to whom it belongs does not feel alone when she walks in it everyday.
Heroine ran at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh from August 3 - 27th 2018.