Theatre company seeking photos of World War One heroes

Bersted Arts is on the search for images of World War One soldiers to feature in a drama about the personal lives of two of the finest Great War poets, Wilfrid Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

Monday, 21st December 2020, 8:10 am
Updated Monday, 21st December 2020, 8:14 am
Not about Heroes
Not about Heroes

Not about Heroes by Stephen MacDonald, will play at the Alexandra Theatre in February and will be one of the first productions to open at the Regis Centre since the pandemic forced it to close, along with theatres up and down the country, in March last year.

Despite the title of the play, the production team are on the look-out for photographs of World War One heroes, preferably a head and shoulders image taken in portrait, that can be scanned into digital images and used in the production, as well as part of the set.

Michael Gattrell, part of the production team behind the project, said: “Not about Heroes is a beautiful, bold drama about the poetic and personal lives of two of the finest poets from the First World War, Wilfrid Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

“The play is a tender, emotional and powerful example of the importance of human connection, emotional strength and personal resilience in very difficult times, made even more significant at the moment as we continue to be separated from those we care about and denied that essential human contact we all need.

“We want to recreate MacDonald’s critically acclaimed piece of work as respectfully and authentically as we can and use it as an opportunity to feature some real World War One heroes as part of the piece. If anyone in the local community is willing for their loved ones to be featured and can help us out then we would be absolutely delighted.

“Rest assured we will take the upmost care of the photographs and every single one we receive will be sent straight back to the sender.

“If you have photographs of friends or relatives in uniform taken during the time of the Great War and would be happy for them to play a part in this powerful, moving war drama, then please contact [email protected] for full details on the process of how to send them in.”

Not About Heroes will play at the Alexandra Theatre for a limited run between Thursday, February 4-Saturday, February 6 2021 and tickets are now on sale from the box office. All performances will abide by strict social distancing measures with the cast and production team themselves in their own social bubble to allow the performances to go ahead.

For more information, go to www.alexandratheatre.co.uk