Not About Heroes
"When Wilfred Owen was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital for Nervous Disorders in June, 1917, he was suffering from shell-shock after four months in the trenches in France.
It seems that his commanding officer equated shell-shock with cowardice. Owen was completely unknown. He aspired to be a poet, but had achieved nothing of note. He was killed November, 1918. He had won the Military Cross a month before his death. He is now widely recognized as the greatest of the many British poets of the First World War.
"Not About Heroes" is concerned with this transformation and how it might have happened. "
NAH - Tue-Fri April 11-14, 25-28, May 9-12
Romeo loved Juliet. Anthony loved Cleopatra. Shakespeare loved Willie.
William Shakespeare (actor, director, playwright, poet, genius) has booked a theatre venue to finally come clean about the mysterious WH of the sonnets. He hasn't banked on the fact that WH, keen for a piece of the limelight finally, has also turned up, eager to tell his side of the story.
Will's got the whole evening mapped out: a few readings from the sonnets, some extracts from his most famous plays, and a nice and cosy question and answer session. Couldn¹t be easier.
WH, however, is intent on 'outing' Shakespeare as a lazy, drunk, arrogant sofa fucker.
To make matters more complicated, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets is also present.
Hysterically funny, and incredibly moving, To WH takes the audience through Shakespeare's life, from his first ill-fated moving with WH, to his death in Stratford. Punctuated by blues-style renditions of the sonnets from the Dark Lady herself, To WH finally bangs the nail into the coffin of Shakespeare's heterosexuality.
"I have spent my entire life howling at a paper moon."
To W.H - Tue-Fri April 18-21, May 2-5, 16-19
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