When poetry of the First World War is mentioned, the names which tend spring to mind are Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, Graves, Blunden and so on. Then there’s Charles Sorley.
A young man whose life was cut short by the First World War, Charles’ poems marked him out of as one the pre-eminent wordsmiths of his time.
Recalling the year past, which is de rigueur for those of us who have spent too many nights in darkened rooms, I’m struck again by the richness and talent of so many shows I’ve seen, particularly in the smaller and Off-West End and Fringe venues.
On Armistice Day each year, we remember and honour those who’ve given their lives in service to their country – so there could hardly have been a more appropriate evening to see the West End transfer of Neil McPherson’s It is Easy to be Dead.
Transferring from its critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre earlier this year where it was nominated for seven OffWestEnd Awards, the world premiere production of It Is Easy To Be Dead by Finborough artistic director Neil McPherson opens at Trafalgar Studio 2, for a strictly limited four-week season/
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
New play about a forgotten First World War poet stages both the passion of youth and the pity of war.