"On the morning of the fourth of November he was machine-gunned to death...The Armistice was signed exactly one week later, on the eleventh of November, at five o'clock in the morning. At eleven o'clock, the fighting stopped. At twelve o'clock, the victory bells rang out."
Not About Heroes
by Stephen Macdonald
Stephen Macdonald’s beautifully written play chronicles the unique relationship that developed between first world war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen - from their first meeting in 1917 at Craiglockhart War Hospital, where both were being treated for ‘war neurosis’, to their final meeting in August 1918, shortly before Owen’s return to active duty.
This acclaimed play interweaves extracts from diaries, letters and poems to paint a vivid and moving picture of the relationship between these two men, as well as the conflict that brought them together.
Featuring an original score that is both beautiful and haunting, innovative design, and two powerful central performances, Not About Heroes is both exhilarating and uncompromising in its exploration of love, war and a friendship that changed the face of British poetry.
Following its success in Autumn 2021, Bersted Arts are taking Not About Heroes out on a regional tour to venues.