“This Is Not For You is at once defiant and open-hearted. The entire cast are singing, for the living rather than the dead, the choir flying above with their harmonies. Though a moving experience for an audience, the real value of this piece is that it offers these veterans a chance to be seen and heard.” The Guardian
This Is Not For You is an epic outdoor performance paying moving tribute to Britain’s wounded veterans from the First World War as well as more recent conflicts, both men and women, whose contributions to history often go unnoticed. The piece is directed by Jenny Sealey, written by Mike Kenny and performed by Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, professional performers and local community choirs.
“Arresting and poignant. As part of the 14 – 18 NOW programme, marking the centenary of the First World War, the show dramatises the horrors millions incurred, but it’s those still living and still living with war that make the most impact on this outdoor stage. As the title implies, this show is for them.” Whats on Stage
This Is Not For You, part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, is a story of veterans’ fight for respect and remembrance, told with heft. beauty and wry humour, both on the ground and off it, with audio description and sign language as integral parts of the production. Graeae, with the National Centre for Circus Arts, has trained 25 disabled veterans in performance especially for the piece.
Alongside its performances in Greenwich and Stockton, the work will inspire an extensive education and engagement programme, encouraging veterans and members of the public to share their experiences and stories on this important subject.
‘You go past the Cenotaph and the crowd clap you. It’s quite moving. We were waving to the crowd, and this little boy said: “This is not for you survivors. This is for the dead.” It made me feel guilty.’
– A veteran describing his experiences on Remembrance Sunday