“I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.” Wilfred Owen
Not About Heroes is the unforgettable story of two of the finest ‘Great War’ poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, their friendship, their inter-dependency, their poetry. Through the letters and poems of these two men, Stephen MacDonald’s acclaimed play paints a vivid and moving picture of their friendship and the conflict that brought them together.
One hundred years on from the beginning of the First World War, Not About Heroes is both exhilarating and uncompromising in its exploration of love, war and a friendship that changed the face of British poetry.
4.5* “Howard’s Sassoon is a sharp and slightly mocking character who clearly has little time for the establishment. His delivery of lines range from the funny and irreverent through to the heart breaking, something Howard does with consummate ease. Ashton is superb as Owen and develops nicely from the timid, lacking in confidence admirer of Sassoon’s work into the self-assured writer that we know Owen to be…Not About Heroes is a moving piece which has an even stronger impact this year and is thoroughly worth seeing whether you know the work of the poets or not”
The Public Reviews
4* “This excellent production from Blackeyed Theatre, directed by Eliot Giuralarocca, evokes beautifully the curious mixture of despair, fear, weariness and thrill of what can still be achieved”
Remote Goat: FULL REVIEW: http://www.remotegoat.com/uk/review_view.php?uid=11349
“The casting of these two very strong actors along with a master class in direction from Eliot Giuralarocca has turned what could have been a very wordy and worthy play into a wonderfully emotional theatrical experience, captivating the audience from start to finish… I would urge anyone with a vague interest in history, poetry, theatre, or even if you just enjoy a good story, to go and see this play. I’m very pleased that I did”
Do More Magazine: FULL REVIEW: http://www.domoremag.com/Dorset/All+Towns/News/News+-+Theatre/Review%3A+Not+About+Heroes/36424.html
Director Eliot Giuralarocca
Composer Tom Neill
Designer Victoria Spearing
Costume Designer Jenny Lethbridge
Lighting Designer Charlotte McClelland
“One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre” The Stage
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Suitable for age 13+
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