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22 October - 13 November
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Magnolia Walls: A screening of our research-based play telling the story of military life

Set in Northumberland, the play follows the tumultuous lives of Roxie and Pen, two military wives who form an unlikely ‘Thelma and Louise’ style friendship

What’s on offer?

90 minute screening of the play, Magnolia Walls, exploring the long-term consequences of war and military service on personal relationships between armed forces personnel and their spouses and families. The screening will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A with Dr Alice Cree and Dr Hannah West about the research project on which it is based. 

What’s it about?

It is hoped ‘Magnolia Walls’ will help open up a conversation about what it really means to be a military spouse in 2022. The play highlights some of the key themes and issues that emerged from the research, and tackles difficult topics such as domestic abuse, trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), suicide, and racism. It also exposes the isolation and lack of community support experienced by many military spouses and partners, most of whom are women.  

By sharing stories based on the real-life experiences of military wives, this collaborative theatre-based research project aims to explore the impacts of military participation and war on personal relationships and home-life with military partners. 

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Alice Cree, Principal Investigator and NuACT Fellow in the Department of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University 

Dr Hannah West, Research Associate in the Department of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University 

Open to

Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to attend. 

Of particular interest to

The screening will be of particular interest to the wider military community especially serving military, veterans and military families. 

Event booking deadline

Bookings to remain open right up until the event start time but capped at the venue capacity.