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Mr Owen’s Pocket Book

On Remembrance Day this year, Year 7 pupils were treated to a one man show exploring Wilfred Owen’s experience of the First World War through his poetry and the poetry of his contemporaries.

“Mr Owen’s Pocket Book” performed by acclaimed actor Rupert Mason from Redheart Theatre Company, tells the story of an officer travelling from Allied HQ to the Western Front, one week before the Armistice.  On this journey, he discovers the pocket book of a young lieutenant killed that day, and, through hearing the contents of the book, the audience is taken on a journey through the poetry of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and other war poets.

This was a powerful performance, which thoroughly engaged Beechwood’s Year 7 pupils and staff alike.  Once the performance had finished, pupils had a chance to ask Rupert plenty of questions both about his career and his favourite plays and poems, and his thoughts on the poetry of Wilfred Owen and other poets of the Great War.