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War Requiem – Leeds Town Hall

Performed by: BBC Philharmonic, Leeds Festival Chorus, City of Glasgow Chorus, Cantabile Choir Composed by: Benjamin Britten Reviewed by: Rich Jevons Some 40 years on from its original commission, Benjamin Britten's haunting, and at times harrowing, War Requeim still packs a powerful punch. Britten combines Wilfred Owen's war poetry with the Latin Missa pro defunctis to great effect. As Simon Lindley ...

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Regeneration – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Nicholas Wright Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This year, as the nation marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, has seen a plethora of productions that use the conflict as their subject matter. The inevitable consequence of this surfeit of similarly themed drama is a regrettable desensitisation to the poignancy of World War ...

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Regeneration – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Nicholas Wright, adapted from the books by Pat Barker Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The First World War was an especially brutal one; a brutality that now, a hundred years later, it is difficult to imagine or comprehend. It is also the first time that what is now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was recognised as shellshock. The ...

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Not About Heroes – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Stephen MacDonald. Director: Caroline Clegg Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Not About Heroes is one of the best performed lectures I have attended – but it isn't the finest theatre. Stephen MacDonald's story of the meeting and developing friendship of two of our best-loved war poets is crammed full of fascinating detail interlaced with the poignant words of Siegfried Sassoon and ...

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Not About Heroes – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stephen MacDonald Director: Caroline Clegg Reviewer: Laura Maley Two young men meet in Craiglockhart War Hospital for Nervous Disorders in 1917, sent from the front line of The Great War. One, Wilfred Owen, is suffering from shell shock. The other an officer, Siegfried Sassoon, is there as punishment for publishing an anti-war declaration (having been honoured with the Military ...

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Regeneration – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Pat Barker Adaptation: Nicholas Wright Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Gareth Davies A century of distance separates us from the outbreak of World War One, and this lens of retrospect allows us clarity to see not only the differences but also the startling similarities between Britain then and Britain now. It is apposite that this adaptation of Pat Barker's Regeneration ...

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