by Gérald Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard
15th –22nd November
Director: Ken Smith
Heroes is not a play about war. It is a wry comedy about three old soldiers; Henri, Philippe and Gustave, and a 200lb stone dog.
Set in a sanatorium, somewhere in France, the three men and the dog live out their humdrum lives on the terrace of the home. Although all heroes each has his weakness, Henri, as he puts it, has ‘one and a half legs’, Philippe keeps passing out due to a piece of shrapnel lodged in his brain and Gustave is afraid to venture beyond the gates of the home.
How could this be a comedy? Well it is. Tom Stoppard’s translation retains the wit and wry humour of the original, giving us an entertaining and fun evening at the Oast Theatre.