The Accrington Pals (excerpt 1). RALPH: Oh my dearest, my own little pocket Venus my rose of Clayton-le-Moors. This is no letter you’ll ever get. My love. Reference: / Title: Accrington Pals: Playscript. Held by: Lancashire Infantry Museum, not available at The National Archives. Language: English. The Accrington Pals is originally set in a small Lancashire town at the . For your audition you will be provided with a script extract based on the character.

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It deserves the best possible support for the rest of its run – tonight, and from Tuesday to Saturday next week at Havant Arts Centre, at 7.

Their experiences of life on the Western Front are contrasted with the women who are left behind in Accrington, women who come together as friends when facing financial, social and sexual deprivation, as well as being thrown into the social changes that came along with the absence of many men.

Unlike most other War related pieces of theatre e. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities.

After the last 3 performances the play was followed by a free performance entitled ‘Women and War’ ; a Bench Fringe Theatre production given free of charge. Playwright, Peter Whelan was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. He beats the irresistible drum that lures the lads off to war, creating the final divide accgington dreamy Tom played with sensitivity by David Brown and May.


Tell us about it on Twitter using GdnReview. It chronicles in the round a vital piece of accringon history, showing the battlefield but concentrating on civilian life. This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people. This page was last edited on 12 Marchat oals There’s a heart-stopping moment when May spurns the departing Tom’s kisses while you hear the brassily cheery music of the boys’ brigade off stage.

The Accrington Pals (Modern Classics) Peter Whelan: Methuen Drama

Loading comments… Trouble loading? We have not sought an accurate rendition of Accrington historically or geographically. For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions.

Throughout the play there is a recurrent theme of water seen perhaps as a relentless fate, but surely blood is thicker than water? He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ in Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. The play has fun and light-hearted moments, which are starkly contrasted with the terrifying reality hundreds of men faced at the Battle of the Somme in It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring Peter Woodward commanded the men in every sense as Company Sergeant Major Rivers, adoptive father to the Pals when they join the new family of comrades.

He started work at the Stoke Town Plas Office as an assistant surveyor and his varied list of former jobs includes farm worker, manservant, demolition dcript, hall porter, advertising copywriter and English teacher.


The Accrington Pals

The one outsider is May, a tough market-stall owner, who never expresses her love for her year-old cousin, Tom, who inevitably perishes in the “big push”. On approval, you will either be sent the print copy of the book, or you will receive a further email containing the link to allow you to download your eBook. We have sought to avoid anachronistic behaviour so that the audience may see it within the accrinyton of Accrington but without losing those contemporary parallels of which the writer speaks.

The play was first published inbut was first presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Sadly, Bill Turner died inbut his work to establish and maintain an archive of all the Accrington Pals continues with other archivists.

We currently support the following browsers: Dacre’s production is also given a highly atmospheric context by Jonathan Fensom’s realistic design: Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in e. Bookings on Havant Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful women. Peter Whelan writes “These mothers, wives, daughters acdrington lovers of the Pals didn’t knuckle under sheepishly to ecript in the way I had supposed.

A moving and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind.