Ruth Leon Recommends… Poets, not heroesRuth Leon recommends
Not About Heroes – Blackeyed Theatre
Click here to watch : Free on demand for 24 hours
25 June at 8pm (UK time)
To coincide with Armed Forces Day on 26 June, Blackeyed Theatre is streaming their 2014 production of Not About Heroes. Stephen MacDonald’s beautifully written play chronicles the unique friendship that developed between First World War poets Siegfried Sassoon (in photo) and Wilfred Owen, from their first meeting in 1917 at Craiglockhart War hospital, where both were being treated for ‘war neurosis’, to their final meeting in August 1918, shortly before Owen’s return to active duty.
The play interweaves extracts from diaries, letters and poems to paint a vivid and moving picture of the friendship between Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as the conflict that brought them together. Featuring haunting music, innovative design and two powerful central performances from James Howard and Ben Ashton, Not About Heroes is exhilarating and uncompromising in its exploration of love, war and a friendship that changed the face of British poetry.
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