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 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. 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.

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 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 Accrrington, it is the fine women who take the bow at the end, since they scropt the human qualities that endure and survive once male comradeship, loyalty, and wcript heroism have passed away.

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. The Accrington Pals play. If the audience becomes unduly worried about the dialect, then they and we have somehow missed our way.

Throughout the play there is a recurrent theme of water seen perhaps as a relentless fate, but surely blood is thicker than water?

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


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By accrongton this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions.

A moving and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind. This Theatre article is a stub.

In return Mr Turner would be interested to get in touch with anyone who has scriot connection with the Pals. You can help Wikiquote by expanding it. It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful women. Family, Society, War Dimensions: 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.

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Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind.

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. This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people. They are never afraid to put on controversial plays like ‘Bent’ and ‘The Pals’.

By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. 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.


This page was last edited on 12 Marchat The play explores a number of issues relevant both at the time and today, questioning peoples morality and attitudes to war.

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.

We currently support the following browsers: Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: We have not sought an accurate rendition of Accrington historically or geographically. The Pals were formed and fought just as they are described as doing in the play.

The Accrington Pals

For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. 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.

Bookings on Havant He beats the irresistible drum that lures the lads off to war, creating the final divide between dreamy Tom played with sensitivity by David Brown and May.

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’.

Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in e. The play was first published inbut was first presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company. 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.

Playwright, Peter Whelan was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures