Not About Heroes

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Not About Heroes is a drama by Scottish playwright Stephen MacDonald [1] (1933-2009) about the real-life relationship between the poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. The play has only two characters: Owen and Sassoon. The story of their friendship is told in a series of flashbacks, narrated by Sassoon who survived World War I (in which Owen was killed). Most of the scenes take place during their time as fellow-patients at Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh in 1917.

The original text

First performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1982. Published by Faber in 1983.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1985: Volute Productions produced the play in South Africa in 1985. Directed by Keith Grenville, it starred Jon Maytham and Dawid Minnaar. Also in the Market Theatre in 1986 with the same cast.


Wikipedia [2].

Ruphin Coudyzer. 2023. Annotated list of his photographs of Market Theatre productions. (Provided by Coudyzer)

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne 1988.

Theatre programme (1985) donated by Tony Fletcher, held by NELM: [Collection: FLETCHER, Jill]: 2005. 75. 19. 9.

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