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The Accrington Pals (excerpt 1). RALPH: Peter Whelan (born ) is a prolific English playwright whose plays dramatise true historical situations. His works. 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 beginning of. World War I. Peter Whelan has written a beautiful play about the women and men . For your audition you will be provided with a script extract based on the.

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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 smaller roles rounded them out beautifully.

In other projects Wikipedia. The young men of a Lancashire mill town leave their homes and lovers for the trenches of the Somme. 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.

Family, Society, War Dimensions: Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: They are never afraid to put on controversial plays like ‘Bent’ and ‘The Pals’. 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.

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. 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 Central to the excellence of the performance was the relationship between May, the Aaccrington, sharp-tongued spirit of free enterprise, and the accrinbton Eva, who in her quiet sensible way, knows the weakness of her man yet loves him for it.

Once you have successfully made your request, you will receive a confirmation email explaining that your request is plzy approval. 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.


The play explores a number of issues relevant both at the time and today, questioning peoples morality and attitudes to war. 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. 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.

We know the end, and the late scenes are terrifying; yet within the horror is a saving evocation of rebellion. This Theatre article is a stub. Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: 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. 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’.

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

Unlike most other War related pieces of theatre e. At Paxtons they don’t pay you what they pay a man do they? Bookings on Havant It chronicles in the round a vital piece of 20th-century history, showing the battlefield but concentrating on civilian life. We currently support the pald browsers: Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in e. This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

It deserves the best possible support for the accrinbton of its run – tonight, and from Tuesday to Saturday next week at Havant Arts Centre, at 7. Under Peter Corrigan’s direction, the cast of ten turned in fine, solid performances. 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 of propaganda.


This compassionate play portrays the paly effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people. A moving and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind. 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.

It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11; Chrome latest version, as it auto updates ; Firefox latest version, as it auto updates ; and Safari latest version, as it auto updates.

The Pals were formed and fought just as they are described as doing in the play.

The Accrington Pals

The Accrington Pals play. The play was first published inbut was first presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities.

Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind. 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. This note appeared in the programme: Playwright, Peter Whelan was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent.

On approval, you will either be sent the print copy of the book, or you will receive a further email adcrington the link to allow you to download your eBook. Oh, what a lovely war, The Ppay Pals not only focuses on the men fighting, but on the relationships between them and the 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.