Not About Heroes: Chronicling The Friendship Between World War I Pacifist Poets
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Not About Heroes is about the intense and loving friendship of British soldier- poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen that grew in the 18 months between June 1917 and November, 1918. It also chronicles the development of Owen during that time, under Sassoon’s guidance and encouragement, as the major British poet of the First World War. The story of their relationship is told by Sassoon in flashbacks from his home in Wiltshire in 1932.
When Wilfred Owen was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital for Nervous Disorders near Edinburgh in June 1917, he was suffering from shell-shock (now called PTSD) after four months in the trenches in France. Owen and Sassoon met in Craiglockhart Hospital. Sassoon, a decorated war hero and well-established poet, had been sent to the hospital in an attempt to keep him out of the public eye after he published an antiwar treatise.
Sassoon, recognizing Owen’s talent, began mentoring him. The friends shared a passion for their art and in their conviction that the senseless slaughter of the war must end.
This production is directed by William Hemmer and features
Josh Mann as Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Hardin as Wilfred