Company: TFTS Department, Aberystwyth University
Devised by Joan Mills – Performed at 'Theatr y Castell', in the main town, close to the Castle.
In a large country house, shell shocked soldiers from the First World War battle front are recovering with the help of Medical Officer Captain Elliot, nursing staff and helpers from the newly formed local Women’s Institute, led by the indomitable Mrs Turner-Smyth. Some early attempts at talking therapy are combined with unusual healing methods such as the enactment of extracts from Shakespeare's plays: the result is an unexpected transformation for the doctor as well as the patients.
This devised project takes a fresh look at a piece first originated and created some ten years ago by Joan Mills with a group of final year students from TFTS Dept.
This production is one of five projects led by lecturer/practitioners in The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University working with and mentoring final-year Drama and Theatre studies students. The companies began rehearsing their pieces, which include a range of devised and text-based works, towards the end of September. Through a combination of directed sessions and guided independent learning, the companies will present their final projects during a festival of work performed in the last two weeks of term.