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NOT ABOUT HEROES
BY STEPHEN MACDONALD

04 August 2014 – 06 August 2014

Venue: Utzon Room
Presented by: RGP Promotions

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The acclaimed play depicting the extraordinary friendship of poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen staged to mark the centenary of the declaration of WW1.

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'Inspired…two fine actors…'- Canberra Times.

The extraordinary friendship of poets Wilfred Owen (Patrick Magee) and Siegfried Sassoon (Roger Gimblett) is brought to life in this witty, poignant and deeply moving play. During World War One, two of England's greatest poets met in Craiglockhart War Hospital. This is their story.

'Inspired…two fine actors…'- Canberra Times.

The extraordinary friendship of poets Wilfred Owen (Patrick Magee) and Siegfried Sassoon (Roger Gimblett) is brought to life in this witty, poignant and deeply moving play. During World War One, two of England's greatest poets met in Craiglockhart War Hospital. This is their story.

Sassoon was a decorated war-hero hospitalized for insanity after protesting against the continuing war; Wilfred Owen was a victim of shell-shock, accused of cowardice, who went on to win a Military Cross, die in the trenches, and receive posthumous fame as the greatest poet of the War. Stephen MacDonald's play dramatizes the story of the friendship that transformed them both.

As performed at the Australian War Memorial, this acclaimed production comes to the Sydney Opera House for 3 special performances timed to mark the centenary of the declaration of World War One. Directed by Carla Moore.

Not About Heroes had its world première at the Edinburgh Festival winning a major award. It subsequently toured and was adapted for Yorkshire Television and BBC Radio 4. The play has been seen at the Royal National Theatre in London and on Broadway in a production directed by Dianne Wiest. This production originated in Sydney before its Canberra season at the Australian War Memorial and subsequent tour to New Zealand. 

By special arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

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Concession* $38
Child Under 18 $38
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Performance Dates

Monday 4 August 6:30pm
Tuesday 5 August 8pm
Wednesday 6 August 8pm

 

Running Time: 2 hours including 20 minute interval

Reviews

'Not About Heroes proved to be enthralling entertainment….Gimblett, as Sassoon, and Magee, as Owen, do an absolutely first-rate job. Each in his own way is utterly convincing and together they tell an engrossing tale that is well worth telling.'- Christchurch Press

'…creates a poignant empathy that engages an audience profoundly in MacDonald's story of loving friendship, courage and the futility of war.'  - Canberra Times

'Any reminder, on any day, of the futility and costs of war, is timely. That, at the same time, it should remind us of the beauty of life, while pointing, starkly, to its, and our, fragility is a bonus……… uplifting evening of theatre, delivering all the poignancy for which one might hope.'  - Sydney Stage

'…deeply moving…very alive and very absorbing…   Sensitively directed by Carla Moore, Patrick Magee as Wilfred Owen and Roger Gimblett as Siegfried Sassoon are in superlative form. Both build flesh and blood characters whose interaction is impeccably detailed. .. their teamwork and timing is flawless.'  - New Zealand Theatreview

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