The Pity of War

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

4 November 2018

This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Known as the “Great War” due to the introduction of new weapons technology and industrial developments it eventually lead to the death an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilians. The long tactical stalemate in Falnders Fields was strongly fortified by either side during what was gruelling trench warfare.

Amongst the fallen was Wilfred Owen, born in Oswestry in Shropshire a solider and a poet who tried to share his unique perspective from the trenches and used his poems to protest against the horror of war and the values that men should uphold.

Lieutenant Owen was killed in action on 4 November 1918, exactly one week (almost to the hour) before the signing of the Armistice which ended the “Great War”.

To commemorate his life, Shrewsbury Bookfest and St. Chad’s Music Festival hosted a selection of poetry at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury – one hundred years to the day since Owen was killed.

The evening was a true celebration of the life and works of Owen in a spectacular musical event with our very own Band & Bugles providing some of the evening entertainment.

The packed auditorium fell silent as a number of Owens poems where read out during the evening by Cadet Cpl D Edwards, Cdt Cpl Burke and Cdt Sgt Purcell and Cdt CSM C Edwards.

As the lights fell over the auditorium once more, SI Yvonne Fuber and Cdt LCpl Dixon proudly marched out on to the stage to perform the “last post” commemorating those who have been killed in war, as the audience rose to their feet to show a sign of respect.