Feelgood Theatre Productions

Manchester's award winning theatre company

Current Production:

Not About Heroes - Tour Autumn 2014

Original image used with kind permission of the University of Oxford

Welcome

On this unique occasion of the anniversary of the First World War we are delighted to announce that we will premiere our brand new production of Not About Heroes at Craiglockhart War Hospital on the 8th September 2014 followed by a UK tour culminating in the West End at the Trafalgar Studios.  On the 31st October will perform at the Wilfred Owen Memorial in Ors, Northern France where 97 years ago Wilfred Owen wrote his last letter home. 

Also coming on 10th June, the launch of our national poetry competition, WHISPERS OF WAR supported by our Patron Jason Isaacs.
To read more, visit the Not About Heroes website

Stephen MacDonald’s play is inspirational.  Far more than a historical glimpse of events it is a play for today!
It is a timeless exploration of courage, camaraderie and humanity and a moving celebration of an intense friendship forged through poetry and the power of words, overshadowed by a terrible and all-consuming war.

Those of you who remember our 2006/7 tour will know that you are in for a stirring piece of theatre, and we hope to welcome new Feelgood audiences, especially those studying First World War poetry.

“...these poems are not about heroes ... my subject is war, and the pity of war; these elegies are to this generation in no sense consolatory. They may be to the next ...”
Wilfred Owen 1917

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Most Recent Production

Slave: A Question of Freedom

By Kevin Fegan and Caroline Clegg with music by Carol Donaldson.
Adapted from the autobiography Slave by Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis, the shocking true story of a young girls enslavement in Sudan and her flight to freedom after being trafficked to London in 2000.

WINNER: The inaugural Human Trafficking Foundation Media Award, Best Film or Stage Play, 2010, presented in the House of Commons
WINNER: The inaugural Pete Postlethwaite Best New Play, Manchester Eve News Award 2011
WINNER: North West Theatre Review, Best New Play, Best Director

Slave: A Question of Freedom trailer
Interview with Mende Nazer

Reviews:

“An intense, triumphant piece of theatre, brilliantly conceived and executed, I implore you not to miss it” ***** MEN

“This is quite possibly one of the most rewarding theatrical journey you’ll ever make” ***** City Life

“Emotionally supercharged” Broadway World

House of Lords performance November 2010

“The experience of watching a piece of performance is like no other when it comes to moving people and Slave certainly had a profound impact.” Baroness Lola Young

By special invitation, extracts of this highly acclaimed piece were also performed at the House of Lords to an audience of MP’s, Peers and specially invited guests, hosted by Lord David Alton and Lord Navnit Dholakia.

We have been helping to raise funds to build a school in Mende’s village in the Nuba Mountains. It is still our hope to begin work there, as soon as it is safe to do so.  Please do keep the Nuba people in your thoughts as they struggle to maintain their life in the mountains of Sudan.

Here at Feelgood we produce theatre with a definite sense of risk and adventure that touches the heart as well as the head.

Through excellent storytelling and spectacle, our unique shows, performed at both traditional and site-specific venues, inspire adults and children of all ages with the surprise and sheer joy of live theatre.  Innovation is at the forefront of all our work, as is our determination to involve local communities with groundbreaking projects.

Current Production:

Not About Heroes - Tour Autumn 2014

...’these poems are not about heroes, my subject is war, and the pity of war; these elegies are to this generation in no sense consolatory. They may be to the next ...!’
Wilfred Owen

On this unique occasion of the anniversary of the First World War, award winning Feelgood presents Stephen MacDonald’s extraordinary must see play. It is a timeless and uncompromising exploration of courage, of humanity and a moving celebration of an intense friendship forged through poetry and the power of words overshadowed by a terrible and all-consuming war. 

During the First World War, two of England’s greatest twentieth century war poets met at Craiglockhart War Hospital.  Siegfried Sassoon was a decorated war hero hospitalised after protesting against the continuing war.  Wilfred Owen was a victim of shell shock and accused of cowardice.  Returning to the front, Sassoon was shot in the head but survived.  Owen…

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