ISBN: 9781786820099
Binding: PaperBack

It Is Easy To Be Dead

Neil McPherson

PaperBack (14 Jun 2016)

It Is Easy To Be Dead tells the story of war poet Charles Sorley's brief life through his work and music and songs from some of the greatest composers of the period.

Born in Aberdeen, Sorley was studying in Germany when the First World War broke out and was briefly imprisoned as an enemy alien. He was one of the first to join the army in 1914.
Killed in action a year later at the age of 20, his poems are among the most ambivalent, profound and moving war poetry ever written.


Nominated for seven OffWestEnd Awards following it's run at The Finborough and transferred to Trafalgar Studios Nov 16.


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ISBN13 9781786820099
Binding PaperBack


'a haunting tribute to a remarkable forgotten war poet... It's a play that enshrines the act of commemoration, as Sorley's strongly Protestant Scottish parents, reeling from the telegram announcing their son's death, embark on their own project of remembrance by gathering his letters and poems for publication. Those remarkable pieces, steeped in an acute sense of moral justice, signify a subversive, blistering talent.' Sunday Telegraph

'Neil McPherson has now taken this somewhat forgotten figure and, drawing on his life, letters and poetry, created a magnificent tribute to a fiery spirit extinguished in battle at the age of 20... What emerges clearly is Sorley’s zest for life and independence of outlook...left me much moved..' Michael Billington, Guardian ★★★★★

'a tender portrait of a largely forgotten figure. More than a century on from his death, his ideas about class and warfare feel pertinent rather than antique.' Evening Standard

'It Is Easy To Be Dead is a little gem. It will introduce a remarkable man to people who had not heard of him before. But it is also a poignant study of loss and the great waste of war.' What's On Stage

'The fusion of prose, poetry and song works well in this steadily-paced play that punches above its weight. The sheer quality of the source material combined with a talented cast make for a very absorbing and thought-provoking evening.' LondonTheatre1