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 bedridden, with the ward’s ceiling serving as the silver screen.
For one soldier, Harry, the flickering images, whirring projector, and Chaplin’s perfect comic timing trigger complex emotions and memories. Transported from the trenches to childhood, from trauma to dreams, the experience sets him on a journey into a personal no man’s land.
During the COVID-19 crisis theatre companies have been trying to find new and safe ways to present their work.
First staged in a makeshift hospital tent with beds for an audience of ten people with immersive surround sound, Sound&Fury’s Charlie Ward has been reimagined for 2020 so it can be presented as a theatrical installation in your own home.
Charlie Ward at Home is an intimate, immersive, and powerful piece that places you as a patient at the heart of a wartime hospital, where this unusual therapy brings solace and comfort to those injured on the battlefield.
Using Sound&Fury’s distinctive style, immersive sound design, and footage from Charlie Chaplin’s By the Sea, the extraordinary experience of being on Charlie Ward is conjured for our audience.
Charlie Ward was originally 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. It was first presented at the Cinema Museum, London in July 2014 as part of the 14-18 NOW cultural programme of extraordinary art experiences that took place across the UK to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Once you have booked a ticket, you will receive an email with a link to the piece and a reminder of our recommendations for experiencing the installation at home:
Charlie Ward at Home lasts just under 20 minutes and is available online for you to access until Monday 20 July 2020.
Age recommendation: 12+
The installation is available with or without Open Captions.
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""A hauntingly beautiful installation""
""★★★★ - Affecting and constantly surprising""
""The genius of this time machine of a creation by the immersive specialists Sound & Fury is that it focuses not on the Great War itself, but on the ways in which soldiers tried to distance themselves from it""