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09:00 Wednesday 17 September 2014  Written by Francis Batt

Friendship forged by war in Not About Heroes

Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen made an indelible impression with their powerful poems about the First World War.

Now Stephen MacDonald's play about the friendship between the two that developed from their meeting at the Craiglockhart War hospital is being revived by the Blackeyed Theatre Company.

It is seen through the eyes of the older Sassoon - remembering events from fourteen years previously. The play interweaves extracts from real diaries, letters and poems and suggests that the men's intense friendship was key to unlocking Owen's genius as a poet and liberating him as a person.

The playwright Stephen MacDonald wanted to understand how this relationship 'could leave such an indelible mark on the literature of their war and so on our understanding of war itself'.

Director Eliot Giuralarocca said: “The friendship between Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon was forged 100 years ago, in the unique circumstances of the First World War and left us poetry that still burns brightly today.

"I hope my production of Not About Heroes will give the audience a visceral and sensual theatrical experience that brings their moving story to life."

Not About Heroes is at South Hill Park, Bracknell, from Thursday, September 25 to Saturday, September 27.

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