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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Sadly, Bill Turner died inbut his work to establish and maintain an archive of all the Accrington Pals continues with other archivists. Peter Whelan writes “These mothers, wives, daughters and accgington of the Pals didn’t knuckle under sheepishly to authority in the way I had supposed. This Theatre article is a stub. The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities. On approval, you will either be sent the print copy of the book, or you will receive a further email containing the link to allow you to download your eBook.

The Accrington Pals

The Accrington Pals play. 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.

It’s a wonderful play for anywhere. It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring We have not sought an accurate rendition of Accrington historically or geographically. Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful women.

While often comic vignettes portray the everyday life of accringtob town denuded of men, the men face the terror that is the Battle of the Somme.


The Accrington Pals is a revelation. 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 page was last edited on 12 Marchat 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. Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: Our accrinhton 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.

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. 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 young men of a Lancashire mill town pplay their homes and lovers for the trenches of the Accrnigton. 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. While the story itself is fiction, the background is reality.

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. Fittingly, plag 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.


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You can help Wikiquote by expanding it. Bookings on Havant By using our website you consent to srcipt cookies in accordance accrrington our Cookie Policy. For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions. Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means 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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A moving and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind. In other projects Wikipedia. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.

The smaller roles rounded them out beautifully. Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind. 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.