A new drama about healing after war by Dorset-based State of Play Arts in partnership with ScreenPLAY is being premiered on YouTube on Monday (May 25th) at 7pm.
Aftermath - in the Wake of War tells of the physical and mental legacy of war through four WW1 survivors. It is based on real lives researched through stories from relatives, diaries and archives.
Originally performed as a play in Deans Court House, Wimborne, Aftermath has been adapted and filmed in multiple locations for a wider audience.
“We’d planned to screen Aftermath during Wimborne History Festival and across Dorset but with lockdown and the closure of venues, we are putting it online for everybody,” explained filmmaker Alastair Nisbet from ScreenPLAY.
Main character Sir “Jack” Hanham, is played by Jake Baker who got a taste of life in the trenches while filming as a background actor in cinema blockbuster 1917 on Salisbury Plain last year.
“Jack is physically healed from his wounds but mentally still damaged. In his diary in Dorset History Centre he writes the same thing every day over and over as though his mind is stuck,” Jake explains.
“He had what we would call PTSD and as he starts to recover he writes poetry. His poems are his therapy. He writes about the garden - the circling trees and clamorous rooks - but what he is really writing about is the war.”
Other members of cast include blinded seaman Samuel Durrant (Steve McCarthy), local GP, Kaye LeFleming (Stuart Glossop) who served in the Army Medical Corps, and washerwoman, Eliza Burden (Michele O’Brien) whose son was killed in action.
Aftermath, written by Gill Horitz and Tony Horitz is a State of Play Arts and ScreenPLAY co-production for the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne, funded by the Heritage Lottery.