Not About Heroes
By Stephen MacDonald
Matinée 1 December at 2.30pm
“This book is not about heroes. English poetry is not yet fit to speak of them.” So wrote Wilfred Owen in the preface of his collected poems.
In an extended duologue, Not About Heroes explores the relationship between Owen, a young, unknown poet, and Siegfried Sassoon who becomes his mentor and champion, after their initial meeting at Craiglockhart Hospital whilst recovering from shell shock.
Their friendship deepens despite their differing attitudes towards war and heroism, ending in Owen’s untimely death one week before Armistice day in November 1918. It is intimate, political, both naturalistic and theatrical, and ultimately, of course, poetical.