by Pat Barker
adapted for the stage by Nicholas Wright
produced by Acting Out Again Productions
“I realised that somewhere in the back of their tiny minds they really do think the war will end in an almighty cavalry charge.”
Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, 1917.
The Great War rages in Europe and Lieutenant Siegfried Sassoon is hospitalised against his will with shell-shock. Sassoon denies being ill but Dr Rivers soon discovers Siegfried is a haunted man. Slipping into solitude, Sassoon takes comfort in the lively company of the handsome officer Wilfred Owen, but mentorship soon sparks something more between the closeted young poets.
Elsewhere in the hospital, officers loudly berate a military leadership of out-of-touch toffs and demand experimental treatments to get them back to The Front. Above it all the stoic Dr Rivers, an early pioneer of talking therapy, struggles to reconcile his Hippocratic Oath with his duty to King and Country.
Regeneration is a shocking, energetic, feast of a play based on the true story of Craiglockhart War Hospital and the courageous dissidents, vibrant poets, and patriotic gay lovers who walked its wards.
Adapted by Olivier Award-winning playwright Nicholas Wright from the Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by Pat Barker, this play returns to the London stage for the first time since its debut and is directed by Oliver McFadden.
Reviews for REGENERATION
★★★★ ‘A timely revival… well performed and packs a powerful punch.’ ReviewsGate
★★★★ ‘an excellent play… first-rate performances’ London Theatre 1
Reviews for Oliver McFadden’s Echo/Chamber at The Brighton Fringe 2021
★★★★ ‘fresh and relevant’ West End Best Friend
★★★★ ‘definitely recommend’ London Theatre 1
★★★★ ‘clever, creative, and thought-provoking work’ Lou Reviews
Reviews for ‘I F***** Love You’ by Charlie Ross McKenzie
★★★★ ‘witty and poignant’ LondonTheatre1
★★★★ ‘hilarious, and often insightful’ Jack The Lad
Winner of OffCom award
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Adapted for the stage by Nicholas Wright
Directed by Oliver McFadden
Produced by Olivia Burgin
Set and Costume Design by Layla Bradbeer
Sound Design by Ali Taie
Lighting Programmer Charli Hurford
Stage Manager Anna Eagle
Artwork by William Lloyd
Archie Moore, Louis Raghunathan, Chloe Taplin, Will Forester, Sara Odeen-Isbister