Eden Court Theatre presents Not About Heroes by Stephen MacDonald directed by Philip Howard, designed by Kenneth MacLeod.
A profoundly moving play about the nature of friendship, love and the art of war.
Starring Ali Watt and Thomas Cotran this play is set in 1917 at the height of the First World War. The poet and soldier, Seigfred Sassoon was admitted to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh, officially for shell shock, but in truth because he had published his “Soldier’s Declaration”, denouncing the conduct of war by the British establishment. There he met the severely shell-shocked Wilfred Owen making his first tentative steps as a poet.
By the time Owen was killed in action, a year later, he had written what is now considered to be the finest poetry of the Great War.
Stephen MacDonald’s play, which premiered in Edinburgh in 1982 before transferring to London and Broadway, examines how the two poets’ friendship unlocked Owen’s genius.