‘It Is Easy To Be Dead’ – a play based on the poetry, letters and life of Charles Sorley
“And your bright Promise, withered long and sped,
Is touched, stirs, rises, opens and grows sweet
And blossoms and is you, when you are dead.”
The play is based on the brief life and the ambivalent, ironic and moving letters and poetry of First World War poet, Charles Hamilton Sorley, combining the story of Sorley’s life with music from some of the greatest composers of the period including George Butterworth, Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna, George Dyson, Ivor Gurney, John Ireland, Rudi Stephan, Francis Purcell Warren and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Born in Aberdeen, Charles 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 British Army in 1914, but was killed in action only a year later.