WAR AND PIECES OF POETRY FROM TWO OF OUR GREAT WRITERS ; the Friendship between War Poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen Is Thrown into the Spotlight by Theatre Group Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary

By Heward, Emily | Manchester Evening News, October 3, 2014 | Go to article overview

WAR AND PIECES OF POETRY FROM TWO OF OUR GREAT WRITERS ; the Friendship between War Poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen Is Thrown into the Spotlight by Theatre Group Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary


Heward, Emily, Manchester Evening News


THROUGH their poetry they became the voices of the lost and scarred generation of the First World War.

Now a play exploring the extraordinary friendship between war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen is about to be brought to The Lowry by Trafford-based Feelgood Theatre.

Weaving together their prose, letters, and autobiographical writings, Not About Heroes is a timeless and uncompromising exploration of courage and humanity in the face of war and a moving celebration of the indomitable spirit of friendship.

Caroline Clegg, director and founder of Feelgood, which marked its 20th anniversary this year, said it was an "exquisite play".

"As a director I continue to grapple with the unfathomable questions of the First World War, a conflict that still reverberates deep in our psyche," she says.

"Whilst this play can't answer those questions, it explores them with wit and dexterity - the poetry enables us to bear witness on a personal level."

The play, by Stephen MacDonald, opened last month at Craiglockhart War Hospital, near Edinburgh, where Owen (Simon Jenkins) and Sassoon (Alasdair Craig) first met in 1917.

Owen, a lieutenant with the Manchester Regiment, was recovering from shell shock when Sassoon, who was serving with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was sent there to be silenced after protesting against the continuance of the war. …

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