A PLAY exploring the effects of post traumatic stress on veterans is coming to the Queen’s Hall in Hexham this weekend.

Produced by award-winning Vamos Theatre, A Brave Face tells the story of Ryan, a soldier serving in Afghanistan in 2009.

Vamos Theatre is the UK’s leading full mask theatre company, employing a wordless brand of theatre and utilising strong visual designs alongside original soundtracks.

The play explores life in the military, the impact PTS can have on families, and “the search for hope.”

To produce A Brave Face, members of Vamos collaborated with veterans, serving personnel, military families and health professionals for over two years.

Artistic director Rachael Savage has been at the forefront of the research, which saw veterans from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Northern Ireland consulted, as well as organisations who support those with PTS such as Help for Heroes and Veterans First.

She said: “We want A Brave Face to show honestly what PTS is and can mean to soldiers and to their families, who often find themselves on the frontline in coping with the condition.

“They deal with the trauma, as well as instability, social isolation, loneliness – often with no support.

“The input of those who have helped us make the show has been invaluable - at every stage their generosity continues to be extraordinary, particularly those for whom discussing PTS can be in itself traumatic.”

The performance takes place at the Queen’s Hall on Saturday, April 13 at 7.30pm. The production is suitable for anyone aged over 12.