What it means to serve

In this thought provoking performance directed by the University of Portsmouth’s Dr Erika Hughes, military veterans discuss what it means to serve one’s country from a range of personal perspectives. This includes the challenges that are faced by servicemen and women and the impact that this may have on their lives inside and outside of the military and what direction their lives take after service.


When and Where

Join us on Friday 6th July, 7:30pm in Eldon Building 1.10, when military veterans from the University of Portsmouth community will share their thoughts in an unscripted and uncensored performance designed to challenge preconceived notions about who serves, and why. Make sure you book your place to attend Service: in the words of military veterans.


Listen to the alternative narratives of veterans

The evening will bring together veterans who have been deployed around the World to serve in the British Armed Forces, for engaging conversation around community and what it means to serve. This includes, but is not limited to, explorations of media representation of veterans and constructs around gender, and the historical roles played by veterans and challenging stereotypes. In this synthesis of oral and public history, and performance which combines structured improvisation with the latest digital tools, alternative narratives are told by those closest to the source.


Behind the Performance

Dr Erika Hughes is a senior lecturer in drama and performance at the University of Portsmouth. Her research has been published in Performance Research, Journal of European Studies, Youth Theatre Journal, and a number of edited volumes. Her work as a director has been seen on stages in the United States, Israel, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Pakistan.