Highland RFCA attended the five-star production of 5 Soldiers at Perth Theatre, choreographed and directed by the Rosie Kay Dance Company.
5 Soldiers is a moving and dramatic dance work that looks at how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st Century.
HRFCA were joined last night by their guests; Perth and Kinross Provost Dennis Melloy and his wife Livvy, Second Lieutenant Andy Cross, and the Armed Forces Champion for Perth and Kinross Council, Chris Aherne.
During research for the production, Rosie Kay joined with 4th Battalion the Rifles to watch and participate in full battle exercises and also visited the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre. What came of these observations was an accurate and relatable representation of the mental and physical effects of war.
The cast consisted of individuals from diverse dance backgrounds and a serving Trooper with the Welsh Cavalry, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards.
Following a moving performance, Captain Alan McEwen of 7SCOTS took part in a question and answer session with Rosie and the cast and spoke about how well the production showcased parts of deployment that the public don’t see – for example the way the soldiers play games and take part in banter to get through the long days.
The production’s next stop is Scarborough. They are due to finish their UK tour in April before taking it international and heading to Denmark and the USA. We wish them the best of luck with the rest of their shows!