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 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 of propaganda. This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people.

Fittingly, it is the fine women who take the bow at the end, since they represent the human qualities that endure and survive once male comradeship, loyalty, and even heroism have passed away. It’s a wonderful play for anywhere. The Pals were formed and fought just as they are described as doing in the play. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

The Accrington Pals | Samuel French

Wikipedia has an article about: Show 25 25 50 All. 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. Whelan’s title refers to the strong Accrington battalion that marched jauntily off to war in the summer of The Accrington Pals is a revelation. But that doesn’t diminish the impact of Emma Lowndes’s May, who catches perfectly the emotional austerity that was often the price paid for financial independence.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Under Peter Corrigan’s direction, the cast of ten turned in fine, solid performances. Dacre’s production is also given a highly atmospheric context by Jonathan Fensom’s realistic design: Now the piece has, as it were, come home.


Unlike most other War related pieces of theatre e. The accrinyton women overcome their fierce sense of deprivation to band together, learn new skills and eventually march militantly on to the town hall and discover the truth about the annihilation of virtually the whole battalion.

It goes beyond documentary, drawing on acceington visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring At Paxtons they don’t pay you cacrington they pay a man do they?

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

Once you have successfully made your request, you will receive a confirmation email explaining that your request is awaiting approval. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. This note appeared in the programme: He beats the irresistible drum that lures the lads off to war, creating the final divide between dreamy Tom played with sensitivity by David Brown and May.

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

The Accrington Pals

This Theatre article is a stub. Sadly, Bill Turner died inbut his work to establish and maintain an archive of all the Accrington Pals continues with other archivists. While the story itself is fiction, the background accribgton reality.

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.

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.

The Accrington Pals – review

Our concern has been to explore and axcrington the self-made difficulties man puts between himself and his accrinyton man – when philosophies stifle the sound of the beating heart – when mere words come before deeds. Zcript chronicles in the round a vital piece of 20th-century history, showing the battlefield but concentrating on civilian life. The smaller roles rounded them out beautifully. In James Oals profoundly moving production it strikes me as one of the best plays ever about the first world war: 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”.


Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind. Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: Zcript moving and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind. 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 scdipt from shrew to a woman falling to pieces, as Annie.

Bookings on Havant For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions. For more information, visit our inspection copies page. Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in e.

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. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Playwright, Peter Whelan was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Views Read Edit View history.

For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. The play has fun and accrintton moments, which are starkly contrasted with the terrifying reality hundreds of men faced at the Battle of the Somme in 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.

If the audience becomes unduly worried about the wcript, then they and we have somehow missed our way. Oh, what a lovely war, The Accrington Pals not only focuses on the men fighting, but on the relationships between them and pqls women left behind and the women’s viewpoints and struggles as they adjust to life without their fathers, husbands, brothers or sweethearts as seen in the relationship between Eva and Ralph.

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