Media Release: Eden Court’s wartime drama on tour

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FOLLOWING success in recent years with Para Handy and Never Land, Eden Court Theatre is hoping to impress once again with their latest in house production, Not About Heroes.

Written by Stephen MacDonald, this acclaimed drama was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival over 30 years ago before transferring to London and Broadway and this new production is currently in rehearsals before heading off on a three-week tour of the Highlands and the Central Belt next month.

Based on true events, the story centres around wartime poets, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.

Says a spokesperson: “The men first met at the height of the First World War in 1917 at Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh where both had been admitted for shell shock.

“This was certainly true in the case of Wilfred but it transpired that Siegfried’s admission was more of an attempt from the British establishment to silence him following his publication of the ‘Soldier’s Declaration’ which denounced the way the war was being conducted.

“Not About Heroes tells the story of how the friendship that developed between the men was the key to unlocking Wilfred’s genius and to him ultimately writing what is now considered to be the finest poetry of the Great War.”

Directed by Philip Howard, former director of the Traverse Theatre and Dundee Rep who, throughout his career, has championed Highland touring theatre.

Philip said: “We are touring across the country at some great venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews and it’s a lovely feeling to be taking this new production to places so familiar to me.

“An added bonus is that we’ll also be doing a Highland tour too and I’m thrilled to be able to take this incredible story of friendship to some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the country.”

Colin Marr, chief executive of Eden Court, added: “I’m delighted to have Philip Howard directing for us.

“We’re exceptionally lucky to have him on board as well as our actors Ali Watt and Thomas Cotran, who are both brilliant.

“Everyone involved has worked really hard to put this new production together and I’m looking forward to being able to share it across the Highlands as well as the rest of the country too.”

Not About Heroes opens at Eden Court on October 1st before embarking on a three-week tour.

Tour details below

Thu 01 – Sat 03 Oct           EDEN COURT – INVERNESS
Tue 06 Oct                           THE TRON – GLASGOW
Wed 07 & Thu 08 Oct      THE BYRE – ST ANDREWS
Fri 09 & Sat 10 Oct            THE TRAVERSE – EDINBURGH
Wed 14 Oct                         PITLOCHRY TOWN HALL
Thu 15 Oct                           STRATHEARN ART SPACE – CRIEFF
Fri 16 Oct                             MACPHAIL CENTRE ULLAPOOL
Sat 17 Oct                            SABHAL MOR OSTAIG – SKYE
Tue 20 Oct                           LOSSIEMOUTH TOWN HALL
Wed 21 Oct                         LYTH ARTS – WICK
Thu 22 Oct                           CARNEAGIE HALL CLASHMORE
Fri 23 Oct                             VICTORIA HALL – CROMARTY (TBC)
Sat 24 Oct                            FORT GEORGE – ARDERSIER (TBC)


For further information, interview requests or to arrange picture opportunities, please contact Eden Court marketing department / / 01463 239 841


  • Eden Court is a registered charity and is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007 following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two purpose built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.

Eden Court runs the largest creative learning programme of any UK theatre and is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. Pupils from across the Highlands have the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or Intermediate 2 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams.

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