Manchester’s Feelgood Theatre bring home sell-out WW1 play ‘Not About Heroes’

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After a hit premiere in Edinburgh, the national tour of the Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon drama kicked off to a sell out crowd at Craiglockhart War Hospital in London, where the two poets first met during WW1.

Now the Not About Heroes comes to The Lowry from 5th-8th October.

The multi-awarding winning Feelgood Theatre Production presents a drama that charts the extraordinary friendship of two men whose poetry became the voice of a lost, scarred generation and a world changed forever.

Weaving together their poetry, letters, and autobiographical writings including Anthem for Doomed Youth and Mental Cases, the work celebrates the indomitable spirit of friendship and offers an insight into courage, love and humanity in the face of war.

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1917. After protesting against the continuance of the war, Siegfried Sassoon, a decorated war hero and celebrated poet is sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital to silence him.

There he meets shell-shocked Lt Wilfred Owen and they begin a friendship that transforms them both and creates some of the greatest war poetry of the twentieth century.

Returning to the front, Sassoon was shot in the head but survived. Owen went on to win the military cross, but was machine-gunned to death at the Sambre Canal, near Ors, seven days before the Armistice.

Samuel Grey of the Wilfred Owen Association says, “I am delighted that Feelgood are touring a new production of this wonderful play; we couldn’t ask for a better company to do justice to Wilfred and Siegfried’s story. I urge people to see it, especially in the places that were special in the lives of Owen and Sassoon, as this adds a level of intimacy and reality. It was amazing!”

The tour is accompanied by a national poetry competition.

WHISPERS OF WAR aims to find the war poets of today by building a link between the First World War and the 21st Century and encouraging amateur
poets from the military and civilian community to work together to create bridges of understanding through the written word.