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The first outing of ‘Not About Heroes’ took place in November 2005 at the Imperial War Museum North (Salford) and at the Cabinet War Rooms for Feelgood’s first London staging. Both were major site specific productions of excellence.  Then following their acclaimed production at the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in November 2006, Feelgood took their outstanding production on a national tour in 2007.

During the First World War two of England’s greatest twentieth century poets met in Craiglockhart War Hospital. Seigfried Sassoon was a decorated war hero who was hospitalized after protesting against the continuing war. Wilfred Owen was a victim of shell shock and accused of cowardice. Both Sassoon and Owen went back to the front. Sassoon was shot in the head, but survived. Owen went on to win a Military Cross, die in the trenches seven days before Armistice Day and receive posthumous fame as the greatest poet of the war.

Stephen MacDonald’s acclaimed play tells the story of the friendship that transformed them both. This play is far more than a play about war: its eloquence, wit and passion separate the warrior from the war. Using their poetry, letters and autobiographical writings this is a moving celebration of their friendship, their poetry and the power of words.

Owen’s poetry is as relevant today as it was in 1917. The continual search to justify the present war in Iraq poses similar questions to those Sassoon and others asked the generals who prolonged the First World War.

Owen hospitalised as an officer, was among the minority diagnosed with the newly recognised shell shock. Had he been a private might he have been shot? Instead he fell on the field of battle and was decorated as a war hero. Eighty eight years after ‘the war to end all wars’ we still have relatives of ordinary soldiers campaigning for posthumous recognition of loved ones shot for ‘cowardice’ who also suffered from the same nervous disorder.


Cast: Dan Willis (Wilfred Owen), Philip Buck (Siegfried Sassoon in 05 and 06), Sam Ellis (Siegfried Sassoon in 07).

Production Team: Caroline Clegg (Producer/Director), Allison Clarke (Designer), Lisa Mildenhall (Company Administrator), Miriam Goodall (Production Administrator 05), Lee Drinkwater (Production Manager 05), Martin Harris (Stage Manager 05 and Production Manager 07), Al Orange (Production Manager 06), Ben Riding (Lighting and Sound Design 06), Hazel Roy (Press and Marketing)

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