Sound&Fury’s intimate, immersive and immensely powerful sound installation Charlie Ward, commissioned by 14 – 18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, places audiences in the heart of a makeshift wartime hospital, where an unlikely therapy brings solace and comfort to those injured in the battlefield.

 

Cast from the trenches to childhood, from trauma to dreams, the hospital filmshow sets one soldier on a journey into personal no man’s land.

 

An immersive sound installation for a small audience, lasting approximately 15 minutes. Includes periods of total darkness.

 

‘We set about watching a lot of early Charlie Chaplin films and reading about the hospital experience for the war wounded. We learned that pictures of Chaplin were shown to the brain damaged to see if they recognised his face, that Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon mentioned the little tramp in their letters and drew comparisons between him and the spirit of the indomitable ordinary soldier.’ Mark Espiner, Sound&Fury Co-founder

 

Co-commissioned by 14 – 18 NOW and Fuel