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Not About Heroes


By: Stephen MacDonald
Directed by: Caroline Clegg
Composition: Ailis Ni Riain
Cast: Alasdair Craig - Siegfried Sassoon & Simon Jenkins - Wilfred... Read More


By: Stephen MacDonald
Directed by: Caroline Clegg
Composition: Ailis Ni Riain
Cast: Alasdair Craig - Siegfried Sassoon & Simon Jenkins - Wilfred... Read More

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Trafalgar Studios, London
14 Whitehall,London,SW1A 2DY

Not About Heroes

By: Stephen MacDonald
Directed by: Caroline Clegg
Composition: Ailis Ni Riain
Cast: Alasdair Craig - Siegfried Sassoon & Simon Jenkins - Wilfred Owen

**** 'See if for poetry in action, you will not be disappointed'
The Guardian (FTP 2007 tour)

An exquisite exploration of courage, of humanity and a timeless celebration of friendship set against the brutality of war.

1917.  After protesting against the continuance of the war, poet and military cross winner Siegfried Sassoon is sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital to silence him.  There he meets shell shocked Lt Wilfred Owen and they begin a friendship that transforms them both and creates some of the twentieth century’s greatest war poetry, including Anthem for Doomed Youth.  Both return to the front.  Sassoon is shot in the head but survives, Owen is machine gunned to death a week before the Armistice.

Suitable for 11 yrs and above.

**** 'This fine Feelgood Theatre production is well served by heartfelt performances from Simon Jenkins and Alasdair Craig, and by some beautiful accompanying music.  There’s no denying the power and beauty of the writing which acts as a powerful reminder of the carnage of war, and of the generation of doomed youth who, in dying, touched so many poets’ lips to song.'
The Scotsman

'Absolutely gripping throughout, it drew in the audience through the power of words and a palpable sense of the sickening horror of war, which seeps out of the both men's pores. The performances by Alasdair Craig, and Simon Jenkins, were superb and utterly convincing.'
Derby Telegraph

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Not About Heroes

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However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £3.00 Transaction fee.

Not About Heroes Access

Booking Information

Access Booking line: 0800 912 6971

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Access Performances
  • Audio Description None scheduled
  • Sign Language Interpreted None scheduled
  • Captioned None scheduled
  • SUR Titles None scheduled
  • Relaxed Performances None scheduled
Venue Access Information

Trafalgar Studios 1 & 2 are accessible for Wheelchair Users. The main entrance to the theatre is on Whitehall. The Foyer, Foyer Bar and Box Office are on street level. Please note, Trafalgar Studios are only able to accommodate small wheelchairs - up to 25” or 65 cm width and 43’’ or 110cm length (no mobility scooters) due to size and weight restrictions (225 kg max) on our lifts.

For Studio 1 you can enter the foyer step free, take the lift to the lower level then a stair lift brings you to the front of the auditorium. The Wheelchair Spaces are in the front row and are clear view.

For Studio 2 access is step free into the foyer, take the lift to the lower level then there is level access into the auditorium. The Wheelchair space is again in the front row & clear view.

If Wheelchair Patrons would rather transfer into a seat then the wheelchair can be stored during the performance and brought back to you at the end of the show.

Please allow enough time (20 minutes) for wheelchair patrons to get to their seats. 

The infrared hearing loops now work in Rows F-H in Studio 1 (best reception in more central seats); in Studio 2 best reception is in A17-22, B24-29 and C34-39. Devices are at the Box Office, £10 deposit is required. There are two devices available: Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control. Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.

Guide Dogs are permitted in the auditorium or can be looked after by staff during the show.

The disabled toilet is on the lower level in the Studio Bar and can be reached by Wheelchair Users from the foyer and from both auditoriums.

Trafalgar Studios Information

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  • If you're driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. Our nearest Q-Park car park is Trafalgar and the next nearest is Chinatown.
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  • Enjoy one of Trafalgar Studio's great bars.
  • A cloakroom is available at this venue.
Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall



By bus: 3 11 12 24 53 77a 88 91 139 159 453

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Telephone Booking : 0844 871 7632

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Whispers of War Poetry competition

Whispers of War is an ambitious national competition and we are delighted to welcome Jason Isaacs as our patron.  Our goal is to find the poetic voice of today and build an explicit link between the experiences of the First World War and the 21st century. 

We want to encourage and celebrate amateur poets from the military and civilian community to work together to build bridges of understanding.

Just as Not About Heroes honours the sacrifice made by previous generations, we hope that the new writing will lead us to reflect on that sacrifice and how we must continue to work for concord and reconciliation today.  We are confident the winning poetry will be a fitting legacy of the centenary commemoration.

The competition was launched by Col Stephen Padgett at Catterick Garrison in June and is now open for entries (entry categories and eligibility terms and conditions apply).  Closing Date is 20 December, 2014 and winners will be invited to a prize ceremony in 2015 and published in an online anthology.



**** 'This is an event for all those of us, myself included, born in the late 20th century onwards, who might pin a poppy on every November in no more than a polite gesture of good citizenship. The event could so easily have been melodramatic and depressing, but instead was uplifting and positive. It provoked not the easy emotion of show business, but real tears of real loss.

The Trafalgar Studios’ stage is scaled down by plain black curtains, and the black floor simply decorated with scarlet paper poppy leaves, giving the studio an intimate feel of a small fringe production, rather than of its West End glitz…

If anyone had said an event about world wars would be entertaining and in fact laugh-out-loud funny at times, you might find it hard to believe. But it isn’t as serious an event as you might think, with humour - as well as heart-breaking stories of everyday life during the Blitz.  Put it in your diary for next year.'


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