WWI play focuses on pair of war poets

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Feelgood Theatre Productions will perform Not About Heroes at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre from October 21-25.

Written by Stephen MacDonald and directed by Carolin Clegg, Not About Heroes is a drama that charts the extraordinary friendship of two men whose poetry became the voice of a lost (scarred) generation and a world changed forever.

Not About Heroes is set in 1917. After protesting against the continuance of the war, Siegfried Sassoon, a decorated war hero and celebrated poet is sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital to silence him.

There he meets shell-shocked Lt Wilfred Owen and they begin a friendship that transforms them both and creates some of the greatest war poetry of the 20th century.

Returning to the front, Sassoon was shot in the head but survived. Owen went on to win the military cross, but was machine-gunned to death at the Sambre Canal, near Ors, seven days before the Armistice.

Caroline Clegg, founder of Feelgood Theatre and acclaimed director, said: “Not About Heroes is an exquisite play of love, courage and conflict.”

Tickets are priced at £9.25-£22.25. Call 01332 255800.