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 know the end, and the late scenes are terrifying; yet within the horror is a saving evocation of rebellion. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy.

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It’s a wonderful play for anywhere. Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11; Chrome latest version, as it auto updates ; Firefox scriipt version, as it auto updates ; and Safari latest version, as it auto updates. Once you have successfully made your request, you will receive a confirmation email explaining that your request is awaiting approval.

Our concern has been to explore and express the self-made difficulties man puts between himself and his fellow man – scrjpt philosophies stifle the sound of the beating heart – when mere words come before deeds. The young 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.

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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 scriot social changes, deprivation and the lies of propaganda. 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.


This note appeared in the programme: The Accrington Pals play. 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 Accringtln in For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions.

He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ in The play explores a number of issues relevant both at the time scgipt today, questioning peoples morality and attitudes to war. 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 of warfare gradually becomes clear.

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. We currently support the following browsers: 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.

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

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.

The Accrington Pals

Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in e. 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. Wikipedia has an article about: 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 adjust to life without their fathers, husbands, brothers or sweethearts as seen in the relationship between Eva and Ralph.


It chronicles in the round a vital piece of 20th-century history, showing the battlefield but concentrating on civilian life. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

We have sought to avoid anachronistic behaviour so that the audience may see it within the context of Csript but without losing those contemporary parallels of which the writer speaks. Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means If the audience becomes unduly worried about the dialect, then they and we have somehow missed our way.

He beats the irresistible drum that accdington the lads off to war, paps the final divide between dreamy Tom played with sensitivity by David Brown and May. But don’t get the the impression that Peter Whelan’s intense and moving story – about a real-life battalion wiped out in the trenches, and their women left at home in Lancashire – is just a tear-jerker.

The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures