Desperate Glory (The War Poets)


This production explores the poetry of the First World War, from the idealistic verse of Rupert Brooke’s The Soldier through to Wilfred Owen’s harrowing Dulce Et Decorum Est. The poetry is interspersed with music hall songs of the time, facts about the war itself, and first-hand accounts of life during the first industrialized war. We move from comedy and audience involvement, to moments of stillness and chilling gravity, and back to comedy and satirical verse, creating a show that is extremely moving, richly entertaining, and, above all, thought-provoking.

Download accompanying show material HERE

Poets discussed:

  • Rupert Brooke
  • Charles Sorely
  • Wilfred Owen
  • Siegfried Sassoon
  • Rose Macaulay
  • Herbert Read
  • Isaac Rosenberg

Desperate Glory was absolutely brilliant! The students really enjoyed it and it was so lovely to see the poetry brought to life in such a way. Some of the readings actually made me quite emotional! More importantly, it was excellent for the students.

 Northwood School, Northwood, Middlesex

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Join us to mark Remembrance Day 2021


Our digital shows are performed live on Zoom, using all the theatrical magic it has to offer including green screen technology and other audio and visual wizardry! Schools access the shows via YouTube link – it’s as easy as watching a YouTube video.

Each performance is followed by a Q&A session where your students can ask their questions live to the actors. What’s more, you get catch-up access for seven days after the initial broadcast.

You can watch our production of Desperate Glory, wherever you are in the world for £150 (+VAT) per school.

Upcoming broadcasts:Save

Thursday 11th November 20219.30am