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Powerful war poets play comes to Richmond before opening in the West End

Posted on 11/09/2014 by Helga Pearson
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The friendship between two of England’s greatest 20th century war poets is the subject of an inspirational, must-see play that will be performed on Wednesday 17 September at 7.30pm prior to its opening in London’s West End.


Not About Heroes centres on the meeting of Seigfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen at Craiglockhart War Hospital, Edinburgh, during the First World War. Siegfried Sassoon was a decorated war hero hospitalised after protesting against the continuing war. Wilfred Owen was a victim of shell shock and accused of cowardice. Returning to the front Sassoon was shot in the head but survived. Owen died in the trenches seven days before Armistice Day.

Weaving together their great poetry, letters, and autobiographical writings, this emotionally powerful and often witty play by Stephen MacDonald tells the moving story of the friendship that transformed them both. It is a timeless and exploration of courage, humanity and the power of words over shadowed by a terrible and all-consuming war.

It is suitable for all audiences (11+) and is particularly relevant for those studying drama, poetry, literature and performing arts.

The play is currently touring venues across the UK and Europe before starting its run at Trafalgar Studios in the West End in November.

Anyone booking tickets for the evening performance of Not About Heroes at the Georgian Theatre Royal can attend a free poetry workshop at the theatre from 4.00pm to 5.30pm, that will explore an artistic response to war based on the work of Owen and Sassoon.

Tickets from £7 to £15 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service on this website.


“You will not be disappointed.” The Guardian
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