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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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 Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means.

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It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring Dacre’s production is also given a highly atmospheric context by Jonathan Fensom’s realistic design: In James Dacre’s profoundly moving production it strikes me as one of the best plays ever about the first world war: Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means Playwright, Peter Whelan was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent.

For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Whelan’s title refers to the strong Accrington battalion that marched jauntily off to war in the summer of Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: If the audience becomes unduly worried about the dialect, then they and we have somehow missed our way.

The play was first published inbut was first presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company. 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. In and he undertook his mandatory 2-years of National Service which must have had a profound influence on his writing as a number of his plays have a military conscription theme – notably ‘A Russian in the Woods’ and ‘The Accrington Pals’.


Peter Woodward commanded the men in every sense as Company Pas Major Rivers, adoptive father to the Pals when they join the new family of comrades. But the play, which spans the period up to the battle of the Somme in Julyis less about the men than the women they left behind, and their growing sense of solidarity.

Every part was important but I was especially taken with the way Jeanette Dobney made the most of Sarah’s humour, and Jane Hart’s transition from shrew to a woman falling to pieces, as Annie. This note appeared in the programme: The young men of a Lancashire mill town leave their homes and lovers for the trenches of the Somme.

Show 25 25 50 All. Wikipedia has an article about: Our concern has been to explore and express the self-made difficulties man puts between himself and his fellow man – when philosophies stifle the sound of the beating heart – when mere words come before deeds.

What really choked me about this powerful production, as good as anything you could hope to see in any local commercial theatre, was that it had opened to an audience of 18 and still had empty seats on Friday night. Unlike most other War related pieces of theatre e. The Pals were formed and fought just as they are described as doing in the play.

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. He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ in The main characters, too, are contrasted; May, as independent, hard-working, fruit and veg stall holder, Tom, her lodger, as optimistic and idealistic and Eva, May’s trusted and generous confidante and sweetheart of Ralph.

Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful women.

The Accrington Pals

Peter Whelan writes “These mothers, wives, daughters and lovers of the Pals didn’t knuckle under sheepishly to authority in the way I had supposed. But don’t get the the impression that Peter Whelan’s intense and moving story – about a real-life scrpit wiped out in the trenches, and pxls women left at home in Lancashire – is just a tear-jerker. Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: Order by newest oldest recommendations. A moving and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind.


The Accrington Pals – review

To say that it leaves you emotionally shattered almost feels like an insult to those bygone souls and the horrors they faced but quietly shattering it is, all the same. It chronicles in the round a vital piece of 20th-century history, showing the battlefield but concentrating on civilian life.

Bookings on Havant Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Throughout the play there is a recurrent theme of water seen perhaps as a relentless fate, but surely blood is thicker than water?

The Accrington Pals | Samuel French

The Accrington Pals play. We have sought to avoid anachronistic behaviour so that the audience may see it within the context of Accrington but without losing those contemporary parallels of which the writer speaks. 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”.

While often comic vignettes portray the everyday life of a town denuded of men, the men face the terror that is the Battle of the Somme.

Accrington Pals: Playscript. | The National Archives

For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions. The play looks at both the terrifying experiences of the men at the front and the women who were left behind to face social changes, deprivation and the lies wcript propaganda.

We have not sought an accurate rendition of Accrington historically or geographically.