Date(s) - 18/09/2014 - 20/09/2014
2:30 pm - 10:30 pm
On this unique occasion of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, award winning Feelgood Theatre present Stephen MacDonald’s inspirational must-see play.
During the First World War, two of England’s greatest twentieth century war poets met at Craiglockhart War Hospital. Siegfried Sassoon was a decorated war hero hospitalised after protesting against the continuing war. Wilfred Owen was a victim of shell shock and accused of cowardice.
After being discharged from Craiglockhart he was posted to Scarborough where he had a room in the Clifton Hotel, formerly Clarence Gardens- the officers’ mess in 1917. He developed his poem Miners there. Returning to the front, Sassoon was shot in the head but survived. Owen went on to win the Military Cross, die in battle seven days before Armistice Day and receive posthumous fame as one of the greatest war poets.
This play is a timeless and uncompromising exploration of courage, of humanity and an intense friendship forged through poetry and the power of words overshadowed by the terrible and all-consuming war. The play weaves poetry, letters and autobiographical writings including: Anthem for Doomed Youth, Mental Cases, Strange Meeting, Exposure and The Dead Beat.
Alongside this great piece of theatre supported by our patron, JASON ISAACS, we are launching a national poetry competition, ‘WHISPERS OF WAR’ on 10 June.
Whispers of Waris ambitious. Our objective is to encourage and celebrate amateur poets drawn from the services and civilian community and work together to build bridges of understanding. We aim to find the voices of today and build an explicit link between the experiences of the First World War and the 21st Century. A link which fuses the greatest examples of WW1 poetry; local history and today’s issues, to create vibrant and challenging new work. For entry details see: www.notaboutheroes.com
Suitable for all audiences (11 +) and inspirational for those studying Drama, IWW poetry, Literature, History and Performing Arts. A free downloadable Education Pack is available on our website and workshops are available on request.
Feelgood Theatre Productions critically acclaimed production first opened in November 2005 at The Imperial War Museum North before transferring to the Cabinet War Rooms in London, followed by a national tour and run in the West End. Feelgood’s new production for 2014 begins at Craiglockhart and then at venues across the UK and Wilfred Owen Museum in France, prior to the West End. http://feelgoodtheatre.co.uk/index.php?/productions/show/not_about_heroes/ (link to past show).
Book online at www.notaboutheroes.com
DATES AND TIMES: THE CONCERT HALL, SCARBOROUGH LIBRARY
Thur 18 Sept: 7.30 pm
Fri 19 Sept: 2.30 pm Performance & post show talk
7.30 pm Performance & post show talk
Sat 20 Sept: Poetry writing workshop
10.30 am – 12.00 pm
Sat 20 Sept: 2.30 pm Performance
7.30 pm Performance
Act 1: 55 mins
15 min interval.
Act 2 55 mins.
Post show talks 35 mins.
Full price adult: £10
Under 16, Senior Citizen, Job Seekers, Student, Veterans
Groups of ten or more get 11th ticket free.
School Price £8. Groups of ten admit one teacher free + 11th ticket free.