Not About Heroes

Flying Bridge Limited

21/08/2017 - 07/10/2017


Riverfront Theatre plus Welsh Tour


Not About Heroes is a stunning stage-play, charting the unique friendship of the Great War poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. It supposes their influence on each others poetry, which together, they used to defy the war time censors and inform the British public of the atrocities committed on the front line in their name.

In 1917 both were patients in Craiglockhart Hospital in Edinburgh, Owen suffering from shell-shock and Sassoon, a decorated war hero, was now a public dissenter, totally disillusioned by the futility and catastrophic slaughter of the trenches.

Sassoon survived the war. Owen was killed just one week before the Armistice in November 1918. Not About Heroes tells of his journey to become a war poet, destined for posthumous greatness, through his relationship with Sassoon, their mutual hatred of war and belief in the power of poetry.

Winner of an Edinburgh Fringe First, And \”Best Actor\” in the Wales Theatre Awards 2015, Not About Heroes is powerful, moving and thought-provoking drama.

Staged to commemorate the First World War, this revival of the Clwyd Theatr Cymru production is directed by Tim Baker, and co-produced by The Riverfront and Flying Bridge Theatre. The Production will open at the Pleasance Edinburgh and then tour Wales and England in Autumn 2017.