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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Views Read Edit View history. Peter Woodward commanded the men in every sense as Company Sergeant Major Rivers, adoptive father to scriipt Pals when they join the new family of comrades.

It’s a wonderful play for anywhere. 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.

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Family, Society, War Dimensions: 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. Our concern 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.

In other languages Add links. The Accrington Pals is a revelation. 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. Throughout the play there is a recurrent theme of water seen perhaps as a relentless fate, but surely blood is thicker than water? 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 excellent band of actors should be supported by the people of Havant and even Portsmouth for their work is of a very high standard. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.

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. 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.

The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities. In return Mr Turner would be interested to get in touch with anyone who has any connection with the Pals. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use acvrington Privacy Policy. Retrieved from ” https: You can help Wikiquote by expanding it.

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Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind. Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: The young men of a Lancashire mill town leave their homes and lovers for the trenches of the Somme. 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

We currently support the following browsers: By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. 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. In other projects Wikipedia. The play was first published inbut was first presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Every acrington 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. This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people. He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ in