Feelgood is delighted to welcome internatioanal stage and screen actor Jason Isaacs, star of acclaimed films such as Harry Potter, The Patriot and PJ Hogan's Peter Pan as Patron of our Whispers of War national poetry competition.

 

Jason's connection with Feelgood dates back to 2009 when he was one of the many performers in that year's Eloquent Protest.            Read more >

Not About Heroes - The 2014 UK & West End Tour

On this unique occasion of the anniversary of the First World War, award winning Feelgood presents 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.  Returning to the front, Sassoon was shot in the head but survived.  Owen went on to win the military cross, die in the trenches seven days before Armistice Day and receive posthumous fame as England’s greatest war poet.  Weaving their great poetry, letters, and autobiographical writings, this emotionally powerful and often witty play tells the moving story of the friendship that transformed them both.  

 

Weaving together their letters, autobiographical writings and poetry including Anthem for Doomed Youth, Mental Cases, Strange Meeting, Exposure and The Dead Beat    Suitable for all audiences (11 +) and inspirational for those studying Drama, IWW poetry, Literature, History and Performing Arts.  A free downloadable Education Pack (see Education) and workshops are available on request.

 

"… These poems are not about heroes; my subject is war, and the pity of war.  Yet these elegies are to this generation in no sense consolatory. They may be to the next.  All a poet can do today is warn...! That is why true poets must be truthful.” Wilfred Owen 1918, Ripon

 

This stunning 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 a terrible and all-consuming war.  

 

 

 

The Journey of Feelgood's Not About Heroes

 

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 that have a real relevance to the piece, including many that have a strong connection with the poet. The tour ends at Trafalgar Studios situated near the Cenotaph in London's West End.

 

 

Alongside this great piece of theatre, and with the support of our patron, Jason Isaacs we are launching a national poetry competition, ‘WHISPERS OF WAR’ on 10th June. For entry details see the competition section of this website - simply click on the Whispers of War button below.

 

 

 

The award-winning play by Stephen MacDonald  |  UK & West End Tour 2014