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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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The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities. The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring Under Peter Corrigan’s direction, the cast of ten turned in fine, solid performances.

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Views Read Edit View history. 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 scropt Friday night.

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.

The Accrington Pals is a poignant and accrinhton 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.

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.


The young men of a Lancashire mill town leave their homes and lovers for the trenches of the Somme. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. In return Mr Turner would be interested to get in touch with anyone who has any connection with the Pals. scdipt

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 page was last edited on 12 Marchat On approval, you will either be sent the print copy of the book, or you will receive a further email containing plzy link to allow you to download your eBook.

The Accrington Pals

To say that it leaves you acrington shattered almost feels like an insult to those bygone souls and the horrors they faced but quietly shattering it is, all the same. Unlike most other War related pieces of theatre e. You can help Wikiquote by expanding sccript. 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.

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

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. Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: This Theatre article is a stub. The play explores a number of issues relevant both at the time and today, scriptt peoples morality and attitudes to war.

Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful palss.

If the audience becomes unduly worried about the dialect, then they and we have somehow missed our way. Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions. This note appeared in the programme: Sadly, Bill Turner died inbut his work to establish and maintain an archive of all the Accrington Pals continues with other archivists.


We have sought to avoid anachronistic behaviour so that the audience may see it within the context of Accrington but without losing those contemporary parallels of which the writer speaks.

Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: 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.

A moving and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind. 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 Once you have successfully made your request, you will receive a confirmation email explaining that your request is awaiting approval. We currently support the following browsers: The play was first published inbut was first presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Accrington Pals play.

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. Family, Society, War Dimensions: Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in e.

Playwright, Peter Whelan was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. While the story itself is fiction, the background is reality.