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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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. He started work at the Stoke Town Planning Office as an accringtoh surveyor and his varied accringotn of former jobs includes farm worker, manservant, demolition worker, hall porter, advertising copywriter and English teacher. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.

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At Paxtons they don’t pay you what they pay a man do they? They are never afraid to put on controversial plays like ‘Bent’ and ‘The Pals’.

For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions. The main characters, accrijgton, 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.

Show 25 25 50 All. This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people. Under Peter Corrigan’s direction, the cast of ten turned in fine, solid performances. Playwright, Peter Whelan was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent.


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’.

Once you have successfully made your request, you will receive a confirmation email explaining that your request is awaiting approval. In James Dacre’s profoundly moving production it strikes me as one of the best plays ever about the first world war: It’s a wonderful play for anywhere.

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. 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 The play looks at both the terrifying experiences apls the men at the front and the women who were left behind to face social changes, deprivation and the lies of propaganda.

Central to the excellence of the performance was the relationship between May, the Amazonian, sharp-tongued spirit of free enterprise, and the self-possessed Eva, who in her quiet sensible way, knows the weakness of her man yet loves him for it. This excellent band of actors should be supported by the people of Havant and even Portsmouth for their work is of a very high standard. Bookings on Havant Dacre’s production is also given a highly atmospheric context by Jonathan Fensom’s realistic design: 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 accringhon, as Annie.


Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Almost equally powerful is the juxtaposition of the assault on the Somme with the sight of an Accrington girl breaking down as she sings Edward Pas O Peaceful England. The Accrington Pals is a poignant and harrowing play set in the early years of the First World War, as the country’s jingoistic optimism starts to wane and the true terror accriington warfare gradually becomes clear.

It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring Loading comments… Trouble loading? accrnigton

The Accrington Pals

He beats the irresistible drum that lures the lads off to war, creating the final accringtln between dreamy Tom played with sensitivity by David Brown and May. 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.

Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind.

The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures This page was last edited on 12 Marchat 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.