Llanymynech Amateur Dramatic Society has been awarded a grant to re-create the life of Wilfred Owen. The £10,000 grant has given local playwright Neil Rhodes a longed for opportunity to write a play focusing on the last 24 hours of the Oswestry born poet’s short life.
The play is set in the town of Ors in France just days before the 1918 armistice was announced. The camaraderie between Wilfred and his men, the longing for home and the long suffering acceptance of the war set the scene for the final day of Wilfred’s life. His poetry runs through the play bringing to life the whole experience of being a soldier in the ‘Great War’.
The world premiere of the play and launch of the trail with a drinks and canapé reception will take place at Oswestry Cricket Club on November 4th– as close to Plas Wilmot, the house he was born in, as possible. The play will also be performed at The Marches Academy on November 7th & 8th November and Llanymynech Village Hall on November 13th, 14th and 15th. Tickets are now on sale and can be booked at www.lads-online.co.uk.
The grant will also fund the development of The Town Trail to show the life of the Owen family when they lived in Oswestry up to 1897.