You’ve witnessed death, gun-fire and bombing but now you need to do a supermarket shop and organise your mobile phone contract. Tangled Feet brings the transition from war to home-life to sharp focus in this new immersive show following two war stories set one hundred years apart.
This Remembrance Day marks the centenary of the end of WW1, but for many soldiers the journey home was far from over. While victory celebrations rung out at home after November 11, 1918, the reality for hundreds of thousands of men was months of delays and ongoing poor conditions in France. Many were retained for the grisly task of ‘battlefield salvage’ – clearing up the immense horrors of trench warfare and burying the dead.
Enlisting the audience into a civilian ‘squadron’, equipped with Army-issue boots and a set of headphones, Tangled Feet plunge us into the forgotten political turmoil surrounding the WW1 demobilisations. Embarking on a march around Dulwich, these overlooked histories unfold alongside a narrative of two modern-day veterans struggling to reintegrate into 2018 suburbia.
At a time of intense political upheaval in Britain, and inspired by interviews with modern veterans, Tangled Feet shines a spotlight on the difficult gulf between military and civilian experience.
You will be ordered around by an invisible Sergeant, drilled in formation and literally step into the shoes of WW1 soldiers but you will also glimpse the inner worlds of soldiers past and present. Tangled Feet present this immersive audio experience as an exploration of humanity in the face of unrest. Explore the streets of Dulwich in your military boots as you discover the stock of daily life after the horror of war. Boots on the Ground is a compelling, physical and touching show from this innovative theatre ensemble. Co-commissioned by Southwark Council and Wiltshire Creative, the production has been developed in collaboration with the British Army, and in creative consultation with forces and ex-forces communities.
Each performance has a limited number of audience slots, and guests are advised to book their tickets in advance. There will be a limited number of tickets available on the day from the army tent adjacent to the Dulwich Clock Café, SE21 7BQ.
Boots on the Ground is on at 9th November, 3pm, 10th November, 11:30am & 3pm, 11th November, 11:30am & 3pm. Admission is free but you need to book your tickets through Eventbrite here.