Unknown Soldier Performance teaser

David Tovey and the Unknown Soldier

In 2019 it was reported that 16,000 ex-servicemen were homeless or in prison. Artist and Campaigner David Tovey used to be one of them. In a new landmark piece, you will journey through the life of the ‘Unknown Soldier’, a work that has been in the making for 29 years. In this powerful film and performance, Tovey draws you into a psychological space made up of his own experiences of homelessness, attempted suicide and serving his country.

A powerful film provides a disorientating and stark backdrop to a performance blending ambient sound, spoken interview, historical archive footage and moving image to explore homelessness, alcoholism, addiction and the life of a homeless soldier. To accompany the film, David performs and narrates the journey of a soldier and his battle with mental health, PTSD and homelessness. The whole experience guides us through memories lost as David takes the ultimate decision to end his life. It is raw, uncompromising and brutal.

David spent quality time devising a film performance version at RED Contemporary Arts nourishment centre in Hull which will be broadcasted on World Homeless Day Saturday 10/10/20 8pm-10pm.

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