Working up a sweat. Eating five pieces of fruit and veg a day. Avoiding too much stress.
These are all things that we are told are good for us but that, if we’re honest, can sometimes be tricky to achieve due to hectic lifestyles and busy working weeks. But for those of you who break out in a cold sweat at the mention of the word ‘gym’ and would rather eat their own toe fluff than a plate of curly kale, there is something far less menacing that is good for you. Going to the theatre.
A study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has found that going to the theatre promotes good health, including lower levels of anxiety and depression. So rather than being seen as a treat or a frivolity, you can consider a trip to the theatre as an integral part of remaining healthy. A separate study at the University of Arkansas has found that students benefit in more ways than one from attending live theatre performances. The researchers found that viewing performances live rather than watching them on television increases plot knowledge, vocabulary, tolerance and even the ability to read the emotions of others. It is thought that the intensity of watching actors effectively convey to the audience what their character is thinking and feeling can provide the audience with practice in reading emotion not normally found in everyday experience.
These are fantastic reasons to come and see the Combat Veteran Player’s production of Richard III. As well as supporting the theatre company and getting to see a version of the play that is nuanced in a way that only ex-service personnel can provide, you will be contributing towards your own health and wellbeing. That has got to be better than going for a five mile run in this current humidity.
So join us on the 26th June at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon or on the 7th July at the Leicester Square Theatre in London’s West End. But please don’t come because you feel obliged to support veterans that have been overcoming trauma or because you ‘feel sorry for us’. Come because Richard III is a cracking Shakespeare play. Come because the actors promise to deliver a hard-hitting performance. Come because it will be good for you. Science says so.