NOT ABOUT HEROES

BY STEPHEN MACDONALD

04 AUGUST 2014 - 06 AUGUST 2014

Presented by RGP Promotions

The extraordinary friendship of poets Wilfred Owen (Patrick Magee) and Siegfried Sassoon (Roger Gimblett) is brought to life in this witty, poignant and deeply moving play. During World War One, two of England's greatest poets met in Craiglockhart War Hospital. This is their story.

Sassoon was a decorated war-hero hospitalized for insanity after protesting against the continuing war; Wilfred Owen was a victim of shell-shock, accused of cowardice, who went on to win a Military Cross, die in the trenches, and receive posthumous fame as the greatest poet of the War. Stephen MacDonald's play dramatizes the story of the friendship that transformed them both.

As performed at the Australian War Memorial, this acclaimed production comes to the Sydney Opera House for 3 special performances timed to mark the centenary of the declaration of World War One. Directed by Carla Moore.

Not About Heroes had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival winning a major award. It subsequently toured and was adapted for Yorkshire Television and BBC Radio 4. The play has been seen at the Royal National Theatre in London and on Broadway in a production directed by Dianne Wiest. This production originated in Sydney before its Canberra season at the Australian War Memorial and subsequent tour to New Zealand.

By special arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Any reminder, on any day, of the futility and costs of war, is timely. That, at the same time, it should remind us of the beauty of life, while pointing, starkly, to its, and our, fragility is a bonus... uplifting evening of theatre, delivering all the poignancy for which one might hope, thanks to a crispness of production which pervades performances, set, lighting and sound design. Medals of honour to all!
SYDNEY STAGE
It pulls off being almost impossibly heart-filled without being cloying. The two actors are great, and the writing is beautiful.
Tim Hanna
I would highly recommend the play as a poignant look at the issues surrounding WW1 and the impact on individuals. It is a powerful drama with some lighthearted moments.
Merrillee Chignell
Australian War Memorial
...creates a poignant empathy that engages an audience profoundly in MacDonald's story of loving friendship, courage and the futility of war.
Peter Wilkins
Canberra Times