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Not About Heroes

By Stephen MacDonald

Director: Rob Tiffen

Contact details:; 07415 869283 

Performance dates:  22 - 24, 29 November – 1 December(including a matinee on 1 December) 2018


The play explores the relationship between the Great War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. It is told through a series of flashbacks by Sassoon later in his life, from Owen and Sassoon meeting in Craiglockhart hospital up to Owen’s death shortly before armistice. The play is a mixture of very theatrical moments coupled with beautiful, tender naturalistic moments between them. The play explores war, poetry, their closeted homosexuality, and Sassoon’s strident anti-war attitude. And we will be performing it around the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. This should make the performances particularly poignant.


Owen – M, playing age around 20

Sassoon – M, playing age 30s/40s.



With only two in the cast who will be needed for all rehearsals, the schedule will be agreed between us. We will begin around 10 September with 2 or 3 evenings a week from 7pm to 9pm. We will have a break between 19 and 28 October inclusive, and the cast will be expected to be books down from 28 October onwards. Rehearsals will increase to 3 to 4 times a week from 28 October building to the production week.



Auditions will take place on Sunday 24 June at 2pm. Please prepare a brief (2 to 3 minutes long) speech from a modern play. It doesn’t need to be learnt, but you do need to be able to work with me using it. You will also be asked to read sections of the play (which will be provided on the day).