A powerful anthem for the youth of World War One that offers a compassionate look at war and its devastating effects. Adapted from Pat Barker's Booker Prize-nominated novel. Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland 1917. Poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon has been institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of the war. His Army ...
A powerful anthem for the youth of World War One that offers a compassionate look at war and its devastating effects. Adapted from Pat Barker's Booker Prize-nominated novel. Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland 1917. Poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon has been institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of the war. His Army Psychiatrist, Dr William Rivers, has been tasked with returning shell-shocked officers to the trenches, yet under Sassoon s influence, has become tormented by the morality of what is being done in the name of medicine. Produced to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WWI, "Regeneration" opened at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton, in August 2014, before embarking on a national tour co-produced by Touring Consortium. Nicholas Wright s plays include the acclaimed National Theatre adaptation of Philip Pullman s "His Dark Materials," "Mrs Klein," "Travelling Light" and "Vincent In Brixton," which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2003. His writing about the theatre includes "Changing Stages: A View of British Theatre in the Twentieth Century," co-written with Richard Eyre. '[a] superb stage version of a work of genius... gutting and unmissable' - Independent 'shocking, tender and grimly funny... gently breaks your heart' - The Times 'deeply moving... [a] humane and enriching play' - Guardian "
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This is actually the first book of what became a trilogy; ideally, one should read them all -- this book first, next, The Eye in the Door, and finally, The Ghost Road. Barker has taken a kernel of reality (several of her characters are based upon real individuals) and built a fictional work that conveys the utter pointlessness of World War I. It?s set in England, and most of it takes place in a psychiatric institution. Her style suits the book perfectly and her characterization and her study of those whose minds have become unbalanced by the brutality of the trenches is spot-on. She channels several brilliant men whom the average American does not know nearly well enough: Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves and W. H. R. Rivers. (I'm guessing our friends across the pond are better acquainted with at least a couple of these guys.) Her own fictional creations are equally well-realized. This trilogy has spurred a renewed interest in World War I, and the poetry of that war, among non-academics.
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