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Veterans with combat stress find solace in Shakespearean verse

Acting is therapy for former soldiers suffering from trauma, writes Sam Marlowe

This has got to be good Shakespeare is art, you can t abuse that! Shaun Johnson is about to step out on stage as Malvolio in a very special production of Twelfth Night. Visit any rehearsal room less than a week before opening night, and you can usually count on an atmosphere thick with last-minute jitters. The play is the thing and the pressure is on yet Johnson and his fellow cast members seem remarkably sanguine. These, though, are no ordinary actors.

The Combat Veteran Players, formed by artistic director Jaclyn McLoughlin in 2010, are a group of ex-servicemen and women

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