Presented by The Touring Consortium Theatre Company
Starring: Stephen Boxer (Captain Rivers), Christopher Brandon (Robert Graves), Simon Coates (Yealland/Anderson), Tim Delap (Siegfried Sassoon), Joshua Higgott (Campbell), David Morley Hale (Callan), Jack Monaghan (Billy Prior), Garmon Rhys (Wilfred Owen) and Lindy Whiteford (Nurse Rogers).
“I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defence and liberation, has now become a war of aggression and conquest.”
The World premiere of Pat Barker's Regeneration is programmed to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
In July 1917, in an open letter to the Times Newspaper, Siegfried Sassoon made a passionate denunciation of both the war's aims and the strategy of the generals. The army, reluctant to court martial Sassoon, decided instead to commit him to a military psychiatric hospital in Edinburgh, where he was incarcerated until he was 'cured'. At the hospital, Craiglockhart, Sassoon is 'treated' by Dr W.H. Rivers, a pioneering psychiatrist in the treatment of what we now call post traumatic stress disorder. There, Sassoon also meets and befriends another patient, fellow poet, Wilfred Owen.
Challenging definitions of sanity itself, the play dramatically explores the effects of war and of man's battle to honour both his conscience and duty to his fellow man.
Recommended for ages 14+
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