“I sign on. I sit in my flat. Another day passes. And all that we did is gone, and means nothing now”
Inspired by the centenary of the mass demobilisations from WW1 and the tales of modern-day veterans Boots On The Ground is a promenade headphone show which invites its audience to exchange their shoes for a pair of Army boots and follow the intertwining stories of men who are stepping back from war. Can they find peace on their return to civilian life?
Setting out from an Army tent in a public square, the audience form a unit, are given their marching orders, join a squadron of fellow civilians and embark on a 45 minute walk around the city centre together. Over the course of the journey, two stories, set a hundred years apart, are brought vividly to life against the backdrop of familiar streets.
Binaural headphone technology, live action and Tangled Feet's trademark physicality are combined in this unique experience to explode the forgotten political turmoil of the WW1 demobilisations and the hidden struggles of modern-day veterans
Devised by Tangled Feet. Text by Katie Lyons.
Developed in collaboration with Army South-West, Salisbury Playhouse, Southwark Council and in creative consultation with forces and ex-forces communities.
The performance lasts approximately an hour and covers a distance of 1.2 miles, walked in short bursts with several stops.
Each performance has a strictly limited number of audience slots. To book a slot for Salisbury, please contact Salisbury Playhouse box office on 01722 320 333.
Booking for Dulwich performances will open in early October – check back for details.
A small number of tickets will be available on the day of performance from the Army tent.
Please let us know any specific access or sensory processing needs you may have so that we can advise you on how best to experience the show.