Feelgood Theatre Productions

Manchester's award winning theatre company

Current Production:

Not About Heroes - Tour Autumn 2014

Not About Heroes - 2014

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On August 4th 2014, 100 years after the outbreak of the IWW we premier our new production of Not About Heroes at the Imperial War Museum London.

On this unique occasion of the anniversary of the 1WW Stephen MacDonald’s play is far more than a historical glimpse of events.  It is an 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.  This play inspires all who see it, especially young people.

..."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

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Most Recent Production

SLAVE: A QUESTION OF FREEDOM
Adapted by Kevin Fegan and Caroline Clegg from Slave by Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis

Slave: A Question of Freedom trailer
Interview with Mende Nazer

“Emotionally supercharged” Broadway World
“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

WINNER of the inaugural Pete Postlethwaite Best New Play, Manchester Eve News Award 2011

This shocking true story hits your right between the eyes.  It is powerful enough to move you to tears but will ultimately inspire all who see it.  In the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan, life is still a good fire around which stories are told, until the raiders on horseback come.  They murder, burn the village and abduct the children as spoils of war to be sold into slavery.  Twelve year old Mende Nazer was one of them.  In 2000 she was passed to a diplomat’s family in London where she escaped, only to face a new struggle for asylum and freedom. 

Sensitively told by a terrific ensemble cast it is as a riveting theatrical feast of storytelling, music, a capella singing and dance, celebrating the ancient Nuba culture and Mende’s indomitable spirit in the face of adversity and shattered dreams.  It challenges us all to consider what it is to be free and ask why in our modern civilised society are there are now ten times more people enslaved than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade?

House of Lords, November 2010
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.  As a result Feelgood presented the piece to over 200 delegates from around the world at the Human Rights Conference in Liverpool, Oct 2011.

“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

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

On August 4th 2014, 100 years after the outbreak of the IWW we premier our new production of Not About Heroes at the Imperial War Museum London.

On this unique occasion of the anniversary of the 1WW Stephen MacDonald’s play is far more than a historical glimpse of events.  It is an 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.  This play inspires all who see it, especially young people.

..."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

During WWI, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, two of England’s greatest twentieth century poets met in Craiglockhart War Hospital. Siegfried, a decorated war hero was hospitalized after protesting against…

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