Soldier On – what happens when a company of ex-soldiers becomes a company of actors?

Soldier turned actor turned writer and director Jonathan Guy Lewis has developed an exciting new piece of theatre.

Are there more similarities between military life and the theatre than we would first assume? This production brings together a passionate group of individuals, many of them Army veterans, to tell their poignant experiences.

The play is being described as warm, humourous and honest so it’s likely to bring audiences to tears of both laughter and heartbreak. Will the audience be shocked? Probably. Is that a good thing? Most definitely.

“Soldier On is my contribution to help warriors with the daily battles they face on their return.” – Jonathan Lewis

I don’t think there’s enough of that these days – hard-hitting, real life facts brought to life through storytelling on stage, so I’m really excited to see Solider On.



Jonathan Lewis said: “Now more than ever we need to support the thousands of people who’ve served and returned – to validate and affirm them, in a world that seems to be turning upside down.

The ancient world knew all about the horrors of war. After a battle was fought, traditionally the survivors would make a big fire, stand around it and talk about their experience of the fight. They would create a shared narrative which helped to process the trauma and bring the warriors together. The modern warrior, even with support networks, often feels isolated and neglected, and on returning to the communities from whence they came there is a disconnect. No longer needed. Surplus to requirements. Soldier On is my contribution to help warriors with the daily battles they face on their return.”

Inspiring stuff! Catch Soldier On at York Theatre Royal Studio from 4th-8th April 2018.

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