Edinburgh Festival Fringe drama: inVALID voices

Written and directed by Helen-Marie O’Malley

“I became a bit like a lab rat at work … at home I always had access … always had my phone nearby. At work… I had to hear it … incase anything happened.” Heather

“You think you’re fine when the men are away … you’ve got your routine and you get on with it, until something happens … then all of a sudden your world just stops.” Cath

inVALID Voices is a new theatre piece based on interviews with women serving as and married to Commonwealth soldiers in the British Army.

  • Tima shares her experience as a serving British soldier in Iraq
  • Heather describes how her husband survived a fatal ambush in Afghanistan
  • Cath explains how she felt she was losing the connection to her Highland heritage because of regimental restructuring

All three offer insights into life as part of a forces family and the experience of Commonwealth soldiers in a piece, which also includes Fijian Commonwealth Soldiers singing and Gaelic song.

The play is being performed as part of Army @ The Fringe 2018.

Helen-Marie O’Malley is an actor, director and writer – married to a veteran Fijian soldier who served 14 years with the British Army.

Helen-Marie studied at the Royal Conservatoire and received Honours in Directing. In 2002 she won The Bruce Millar Award and The John Fernald Award for Directing.

Both awards  contributed to her assistant directorship at the Traverse Theatre mentored by Philip Howard and John Tiffany.

She has since directed work at the TraverseTheatre,TheTron,RSAMD(Royal Conservatoire)theUSA,theScottishParliamentandtheEdinburghFringe.

inVALID Voices was staged in a shortened verbatim form at the Tron 100 festival 2017. The piece was very well received, and Helen-Marie has since developed the play into a full- length production.

Cast– MJ Deans as Cath, Catherine Elliott as Heather, Bernie Johansen-Baselala as Tima

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Listings Details

  • Venue: Army @ The Fringe, Hepburn House Army Reserve Centre, East Claremont Street (Venue210)
  • Time:16:00
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Dates: 10 to 25 August, notMondays
  • Tickets: £10 and£12
  • Bookings:https://festival18.summerhall.co.uk/book-tickets/0131 5601581
  • Advisory:14+


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