Watch Charlie Chaplin From A Hospital Bed

Image: Sound&Fury

Image: Sound&Fury

London is a city of surprises. Cocktail bars in prison cells, table tennis on rooftops and, from tomorrow, theatre in a hospital bed.

In new production Charlie Ward, theatre company Sound&Fury employ their distinctive style to tell the story of how, in C Ward 1914, medical staff used Charlie Chaplin films projected onto the makeshift hospital’s ceiling to boost the morale of World War One’s first casualties.

Making use of minimal lighting, immersive sound design and intimate spaces, Charlie Ward brings past to present as audience members align with the memories of one soldier for whom the flickering images and whirring projector trigger a complex series of emotions.

Taking place in The Cinema Museum in Kennington, the experience lasts for 15 minutes and audiences are warned that the production contains some periods of total darkness.

Charlie Ward is at The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, Kennington, SE11 4TH from 23 July – 3 August. Tickets cost £5 and performances are in timed slots between 3-9pm.

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