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Notice To Move shares the experiences of North East Armed Forces veterans and pesonnel in a collaborative theatre project. Blowin' A Hooley have partnered with local community, military and veteran organisations to offer workshops and create a play based on the experiences of those in the region who have served. 


The camaraderie of 6 soldiers is challenged when cocky Sprog arrives to replace a fallen friend hours before deployment. After Rutter’s mistakes in training that could cost their lives in action, the soldiers question who will have their back as they’re put on notice to move. With Smudge on back-to-back tours, Knobby still pulling pranks, Lewis hiding something from her team and Chopper unusually quiet, it’s not just the new kid picking at this second family’s scars. Will they make it back from breaking point or has it gone too far this time? There are big decisions to be made by the soldiers who can only ‘hurry up and wait’.

This one-act play will be approximately 45-60 minutes with no interval. Please note, the production is suitable for ages 15+ and includes strong language, gunfire effects and themes of violence, death and grief. 



In England, the North East has the highest proportion of veterans north of Oxfordshire. Developed through creative workshops with local Forces Veterans and Personnel, the production provides authentic insight into life for those who serve. 

Members of the Forces Community have been part of the play’s development and casting and will be involved in R&D, rehearsals and aspects of producing. The project promotes creative outlets, improves access for communities that don’t usually engage in theatre, encourages integration and understanding between communities and highlights organisations and services available to those communities.


We're grateful to the following organisations who have supported us to engage the Forces Community in our production:

Operation Veteran North Shields, The Cedarwood Trust, Help For Heroes Recovery Centre Catterick, Fifth Fusiliers, Albemarle Barracks, Veterans Launchpad Byker, NAAFI Break South Shields, 216 Squadron Army Reserves, Veterans in Crisis Sunderland, Walking With the Wounded, RAF Boulmer and Armed Forces Champions for Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside Councils.

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