War Veterans Take To The Stage

 Combat Veteran Players

A real-life Band of Brothers & Sisters

CASSIDY


After losing his leg in Afghanistan in 2011, Cassidy has returned to his first love - performing. After drama school in Missouri and then a period with an American dance troupe he moved to the UK to join the 42 Commando Royal Marines. It was on his second tour to Afghanistan that Cassidy lost his right leg in an IED blast. He was in an induced coma for a week and hospitalised for two months. Cassidy was nominated for his bravery after the blast as he tried to help other injured personnel despite his injuries and has been a huge support to others in rehab. 


Three months out of the hospital, Cassidy met Director Stephen Rayne and writer Owen Sheers and as part of Bravo 22 Company was offered the lead role of The Two Worlds of Charlie F, working with Sir Trevor Nunn and Ray Winstone on the highly successful run, which included performances at The Theatre Royal Haymarket. In 2014, it did a second UK tour with one hundred and twenty-five performances opening in his home country Canada. Cassidy was nominated for Best Actor in a visiting production in the Manchester Theatre Awards 2014. Since then he has worked widely in the media. He was the face of The British Legion Poppy Appeal in 2014 and has filmed a number of guest roles for BBC’s Doctors. He has also appeared extensively on TV, radio and in the national press and speaks publically with after dinner speaking, talks in Schools and Corporations. 


Life has now taken him full circle and he is back to the dancing he loved - something he thought he would never do again. This year Cassidy was selected from over eleven thousand nominations for the first BBC’s The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief. With dance partner Natalie Lowe, he won with their Paso Doble and took home the famous glitter ball. Since then he has performed in Jay Marwick’s Flamenco Fusion Show, Explosion at The Lyric Theatre in London’s West End. This is his debut with the Company.