Not About Heroes
Not About Heroes is a play about the friendship of two complex and reticent men, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
It was written by Stephen MacDonald, but although he invented the conversations, they were based on themes written about in Owen's letters and Sassoon's memoirs.
It shows the strangely fruitful encounter between Sassoon, war hero and aristocrat, obsessed with exposing every sham ideal used to justify war and Owen, recovering from the effects of shell-shock, looking desperately for a hero who was not immune to the pity of war.
Wilfred Owen went back to the front and was subsequently killed in action just one week before the war ended, on 4th November 1918. Only five of his poems had been published at this time, but after his death Sassoon arranged for the publication of his 'Collected Poems' in 1920.