Not About Heroes – poets meeting
What happens when two of the most celebrated World War One poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon meet in the same hospital in 1917? Find out in an award-winning play, ‘Not About Heroes’ on Thursday 5 October 7.30 pm & Friday 6 October 11.00 am (schools matinee) and 7.30 pm at Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea. Flying Bridge Theatre Company and Seabright Productions in association with Pleasance and Newport Live present the play. ‘Not About Heroes’ is written by Stephen MacDonald and directed by Tim Baker. It is performed by Daniel Llewelyn-Williams and Iestyn Arwel.
Poets mutual hatred of war
The award-winning play about the unique friendship between celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon includes a schools matinee performance. Owen and Sassoon met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917 and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry.
Best Actor accolade
This production won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards for Daniel Llewelyn Williams. He reprises his role here as Sassoon. The show is on the first part of a world tour commemorating the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play and of the Armistice.
Poets defy censors with perfect book
It supposes the tragedy of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen and their influence on each other’s lives and poetry, during their incarceration in a war-hospital for nervous disorders. Forced by society to hide their homosexuality, they develop a perfect but ill-fated love, based on their poetic talents, their political ethics and their experiences on the front. Together they set-about defying the military censors to inform those “at home” of the front-line horrors of war, via a perfect book of poetry.
Centenary of Armistice
The consummate centenary play; it marries poetry, politics, and passion through self-sacrifice, determination, and love.
Recreates the Great War as tangibly as if the theatre had filled with the smoke and stench of the battlefield. Compelling and superbly performed.’ British Theatre Guide
Tim Baker’s production creates an engaging delineation between two entirely different personalities united by a common vocation and some truly hellish experiences.’ The Guardian
Not About Heroes is a part of Swansea International Festival 2017.
Tickets for Not About Heroes are available now from the Taliesin box office and also online from their website www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk priced at £12, with a schools price of £8.
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