Not About Heroes – 19/11 at Stantonbury Theatre

Not About Heroes

Performance inspired by the friendship of two war poets.

Stantonbury Theatre

Wednesday 19th November, 7.30 / £16, Concession £14

I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.Wilfred Owen

Not About Heroes is the extraordinary story of two of the ‘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.

Stantonbury Theatre commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 – ‘the war to end all wars’, and remembers those who fell then and have fallen since in service to their country.

Howard’s Sassoon is a sharp and slightly mocking character who clearly has little time for the establishment. His delivery of lines range from the funny and irreverent through to the heart breaking, something Howard does with consummate ease. Ashton is superb as Owen and develops nicely from the timid, lacking in confidence admirer of Sassoon’s work into the self-assured writer that we know Owen to be…Not About Heroes is a moving piece which has an even stronger impact this year and is thoroughly worth seeing whether you know the work of the poets or not”  The Public Reviews

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Pepper’s Ghost Theatre Company have provided these fabulous shots from Nellie and Your Loving Brother Albert – final rehearsals are now taking place ahead of opening night on 12th November (also showing 13th, 14th & 15th November) at the Radcliffe School, Milton Keynes.

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/eventsmk

Be part of #GreatWarMK with a Banner Making Workshop at Westbury Arts Centre

Vinny StapleyWestbury Arts Centre are holding banner making workshops for those passionate about all things textile!!

The workshop is suitable for all levels of ability, from beginners interested in learning textile skills, to those with advanced textiles skills.

The workshop will be run by Vinny Stapley, a textile artist and teacher, who plans to work with a wide range of groups within the Milton Keynes community to create hundreds of Banners to commemorate those people who served in The Great War.

The Banners made will form part of a procession of Remembrance and a Dance Performance in Campbell Park in July 2015.

Vinny will come in with some materials, but it would also contribute to the project as a whole, if participants were able to bring in old WW1 photos or other mementos of family members to discuss and maybe integrate copies of these into their own banners.

It would be great if you could contribute some fabrics or old clothes in red, grey, white, black and cream colours  to upcycle in the banners, but not essential.

The workshop is also suitable for those trying to build a portfolio demonstrating a range of techniques for entry to art college, or those that want to learn to stitch for pleasure.

The workshops are planned for: Saturday the18th of October and Saturday 8th of November.

For Further information and to book a place please contact:

Caroline Malone at Westbury Arts Centre via getinvolved@westburyartscentre.co.uk or 01908 501214, for more information about the arts centre please see: http://www.westburyartscentre.co.uk/