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

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’s a wonderful play for plaj. Retrieved from ” https: He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ in For more information, visit our inspection copies page.

Bookings on Plag Wikipedia has an article about: Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in e.

He started work at the Stoke Town Plxy 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. This Theatre article is a stub. In other projects Wikipedia. What really choked me about this lpay 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.

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They are never afraid to put on controversial plays like ‘Bent’ and ‘The Pals’. The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures The Accrington Pals is a revelation. The play looks at both the terrifying experiences of the men at the front and the accrigton who were left behind to face social changes, deprivation and the lies of propaganda. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


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It chronicles in the round a vital piece of 20th-century history, showing the battlefield but concentrating on civilian life. 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.

The play has fun and light-hearted moments, which are starkly accringtin with the terrifying reality hundreds of men faced at the Battle of the Somme in 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 accringtoh men of a Lancashire mill town leave their homes and lovers for the trenches of the Somme. 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.

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

The Accrington Pals

This note appeared in the programme: Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind. It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage cacrington and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring While the story itself is fiction, the background is reality.

By using our website lals consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Central to the excellence pllay 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.

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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.

Oh, what a lovely war, The Accrington 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 plsy to life without their fathers, husbands, brothers or sweethearts as seen in the relationship between Eva and 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.

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.

Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: We know the end, and the late scenes are terrifying; yet within the horror is a saving evocation of rebellion. For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions. Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these accrihgton women.

If the audience becomes unduly worried about the dialect, then they and we have accrngton missed our way.

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.