6th October 2015
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In 1917, at the height of the First World War, the poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon was admitted to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh, officially for treatment for shell-shock, but in truth because he had published his ‘Soldier’s Declaration’, denouncing the conduct of the war by the British establishment. There he met the severely shell-shocked Wilfred Owen, already making his first tentative steps as a poet.
By the time Owen was killed in action, a year later, he had written what is now considered to be the finest poetry of the Great War. Stephen MacDonald’s play, which premiered in Edinburgh in 1982 and was the play that opened the new Tron Theatre in November of the same year, examines how the two poets’ friendship unlocked Owen’s genius.
A profoundly moving play about the nature of friendship, love and the art of war.
Not About Heroes is produced by Eden Court Theatre and will open there before touring to the Highlands and the rest of Scotland. It follows successful tours of Para Handy and Never Land as part of Eden Court’s programme to increase theatre production from the Highlands. The play is directed by Philip Howard, former director of the Traverse Theatre and Dundee Rep who throughout his career has championed Highland Touring.
Written by Stephen MacDonald
Directed by Philip Howard
Designed by Kenneth MacLeod