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.