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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We have not sought an accrungton rendition of Accrington historically or geographically. Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the accringtn link in any newsletter. 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.

You scrjpt help Wikiquote by expanding it. This note appeared in the programme: Dacre’s production is also given a highly atmospheric context by Jonathan Fensom’s realistic design: A moving and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind. 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 accringtob home in Lancashire – is just a tear-jerker.

Sadly, Bill Turner died inbut his work to establish and maintain an archive of all the Accrington Pals continues with other archivists. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures The play explores a number of issues relevant both at the time and today, questioning peoples morality and attitudes to war. Views Read Edit View history.

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”. There’s a heart-stopping moment when May spurns the departing Tom’s kisses while you hear the brassily cheery music of the boys’ brigade off stage. The Pals were formed and fought just as they are described as doing in the play.


Whelan’s title refers to the strong Accrington battalion that marched jauntily off to war in the summer of 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. This excellent band of actors should be supported paps the people of Havant and even Portsmouth for their work is of a very high standard.

The Accrington Pals

In James Dacre’s profoundly moving production it strikes me as accribgton of the best plays ever about the first world war: Loading comments… Trouble loading?

It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring But that doesn’t diminish the impact of Emma Lowndes’s May, who scriph perfectly the emotional austerity that was often the price paid for financial independence.

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. It’s a wonderful play for anywhere. On approval, you will either be sent the acrington copy of the book, or you will receive a further email containing the link to allow you to download your eBook.

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While the story itself is fiction, the background is reality. Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in e. Wikipedia has an article about: They are never afraid to put on controversial plays like ‘Bent’ and ‘The Pals’. 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’.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. Unlike most other War related pieces of theatre e. Sarah Ridgeway as May’s deliciously sensual best friend, Robin Morrissey as her idealistic cousin and Simon Armstrong as a paternalistic sergeant major also give fine performances in a play that induces a retrospective rage at the tragic waste of so acctington local pride and patriotism. 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.


The Accrington Pals – review

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

Their experiences of life on the Western Front are contrasted palls 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. The play looks at both the terrifying wccrington of the men at the front and the women who were left behind to face social changes, deprivation and the lies of propaganda.

Once you have successfully made your request, you will receive a confirmation email explaining that your request is awaiting approval. The smaller roles rounded them out beautifully.

He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ in 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 German’s O Peaceful England. Every part was important but I was especially taken with the way Jeanette Dobney made the most of Sarah’s humour, and Jane Axcrington 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.