When the first trench lines were drawn, soldiers held up cardboard cutouts of Charlie Chaplin’s tramp in the hope that the enemy would die laughing. But as the carnage of war set in, Chaplin’s image was put to a different use...
C Ward. 1914. In a makeshift hospital, behind the front line, the war’s first casualties are treated. To boost morale, medical staff arrange for a Chaplin film to be shown for the bed ridden, with the ward’s ceiling serving as the silver screen. For one soldier, the flickering images, whirring projector and Chaplin’s perfect comic timing trigger complex emotions and memories. Cast from the trenches to childhood, from trauma to dreams, the hospital filmshow sets him on a journey into a personal no man's land.
Using their distinctive style - total darkness, minimal lighting and immersive sound design - Sound&Fury conjure up the extraordinary experience of being a patient on Charlie Ward. An immersive sound installation for an audience of 10 per performance, lasting approximately 16 minutes. Includes some periods of total darkness.
Age guidance 12+.
Charlie Ward is co-commissioned by Fuel and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund
Tickets can be purchased online until 10am on the day of the performance. Tickets will be available on the door where available. If you have any access requirements please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the performance and make yourself know to a member of Front of House.