Original image used with kind permission of the University of Oxford
On the 1st April 2015, to round off our unforgettable 2014 national tour and West End transfer of Not About Heroes, we celebrated our 20th anniversary with a wonderful party hosted by PZ Cussons.
We were delighted to welcome our guests who represented the span of our work over the past twenty years including actors, creatives, sponsors, funders, and Feelgood friends. The evening was a celebration of world class theatre-making and an announcement of the vision for Feelgood’s future.
We were honoured to welcome the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Susan Cooley and the Mayor of Ors, France, Monsieur Jacky Duminy with whom we have built a cultural collaboration after our visit to the Wilfred Owen Memorial, La Maison Forestière in 2014.
The evening also hosted the award ceremony of the Whispers of War Poetry Competition - a competition to commemorate the First World War and to find a contemporary voice of peace and conflict from the military and civilian community. We were thrilled to welcome finalists from across the UK, Germany and Austria and announce the winners. Prizes were presented by Julie Hesmonhalgh, Katy Cavanagh, poet Peter Street, The Lord Mayor, the Mayor of Ors and Feelgood company members. Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners. We are very proud to have created this legacy.
For more information on the Whispers of War poetry competition, including a list of winners and finalists and their work, visit the Not About Heroes website.
Other Recent Productions
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
“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.
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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.
...’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 ...!’
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…