New music composed for the UK tour of Stephen MacDonald’s play, commissioned by Blackeyed Theatre to mark the First World War centenary.
I chose the sonorities of horn and ‘cello for the freshness and maturity of Owen and Sassoon, sometimes coming together and at others diverging. I was lucky to be part-composing this ‘in the room’ so, in addition to the text, I was able to respond closely to the actors’ choices. Eliot advised me not to be afraid of pushing the sentimentality. It’s a love story as much as a war story. – T.N.
Directed by Eliot Giuralarocca, Designer Victoria Spearing, Composer Tom Neill, Lighting Designer Charlotte McClelland, Costume Designer Jenny Little, Projection Designer Clive Elkington, Producer Adrian McDougall.
Siegfried Sassoon – James Howard, Wilfred Owen – Ben Ashton.
French Horn – Lisa Ridgway, Violoncello – Sally Riddex, Piano – Tom Neill
Not About Heroes is the unforgettable story of two of the finest ‘Great War’ poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, their friendship, their inter-dependency, their poetry. Through the letters and poems of these two men, Stephen MacDonald’s acclaimed play paints a vivid and moving picture of their friendship and the conflict that brought them together.
One hundred years on from the beginning of the First World War, Not About Heroes is both exhilarating and uncompromising in its exploration of love, war and a friendship that changed the face of British poetry.