Tue 21st – Mon 27th Aug 2018


“Fifteen wounded and ill veterans take to the stage to explore the challenges faced by servicemen and women trying to fit into civilian life.”





Bravo 22 Company


As a bomb disposal expert doing VIP protection at the Fringe Ken Bellringer never expected to appear there on stage himself.

But this year he is among 15 members of Bravo 22 Company, the UK’s leading military arts based recovery programme performing in the premier of Unspoken – a moving and often funny play which explores the aftermath of trauma and injury.

After deployment to Afghanistan Warrant Officer Bellringer lost both legs and his genitals, and suffered severe damage to his hands, attempting to save a comrade from a Taliban IED (improvised explosive device).

Unspoken is set in a club where a disparate regiment of soldiers, sailors and airmen have gathered to chat, drink and watch live entertainment. It reflects the experiences of love, loss, loneliness and hope that are the reality for sick and wounded veterans and their families.

Playwright Gary Kitching interviewed 100 veterans and spouses from Bravo 22 Company to create a piece of theatre that is an honest and unsentimental reimagining of their experiences. The number was symbolic of the centenary of the end of World War I.

Admission: £12.50

Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

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