Benediction (12A) at Number 8, Pershore
Sassoon was a complex man who survived the horrors of war and was decorated for his bravery, but became a vocal critic of the government’s continuation of the war when he returned from service. His poetry was inspired by his experiences on the Western Front and he became one of the leading war poets of the era.
Adored by members of the aristocracy as well as stars of London’s literary and stage world, he embarked on affairs with several men as he attempted to come to terms with his homosexuality. At the same time, broken by the horror of war, he made his life’s journey a quest for salvation, trying to find it within the conformity of marriage and religion.
Benediction is a tender and poetic tribute to a troubled man, searching for peace and self-acceptance. Also starring Simon Russell Beale, Kate Phillips, and Ben Daniels.
Directed by Terence Davies.
Monday 4 July – 11.00am & 7.30pm; Thursday 7 July – 7.30pm
Tickets: £8.50 (£8.00), Daytime £7.00 (£6.50)
(plus 80p per ticket if booked online)
To book tickets and find out about this and other events please visit Number 8’s website.