Doomed Youth


Michael Hodges

Published by New Theatre Publications

5 Male 3 Female

The play takes place during The Great War in London, France and Edinburgh between 1915 - 1917 and is based on Siegried Sassoon's hardening disaffection with the War's conduct and his defiance of military authority.

His attitude is reflected through his tough, morbid, mutinous poetry and his refusal to serve again in the War in which his Homeric exploits became one of the War's legends. Present, also, is the influence on his actions of his great friend and fellow War-Poet, Robert Graves, and, later, Wilfred Owen.

The theme is loyalty and betrayal on a personal and institutional level combined with the contradiction of individual consciousness and national expectations.

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