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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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. To say that it leaves you emotionally shattered almost feels like an insult scdipt those bygone souls and the horrors they faced but quietly shattering it is, all the same.

The Accrington Pals

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. 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.

The Accrington Pals is a revelation. For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions. Please note that print inspection copies are only available in UK and Republic of Ireland.

Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in 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 much local pride and patriotism.

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The Accrington Pals (play) – Wikiquote

You can help Wikiquote by expanding it. Under Peter Corrigan’s direction, the cast of ten turned in fine, solid performances.

Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: 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. The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities.

Playwright, Peter Whelan was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. 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.

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 (Modern Classics) Peter Whelan: Methuen Drama

Loading comments… Trouble loading? In return Mr Turner would be interested to get in touch with anyone who has any connection with the Pals. Views Read Edit View history. He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ in Show 25 25 50 All.

In other languages Add links. Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful women.

This page was last edited on 12 Marchat The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures The Accrington Pals play. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Unlike most other War related pieces of theatre e. It chronicles in the round a vital piece of 20th-century history, showing the battlefield palx concentrating wccrington civilian life. 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.


If the audience becomes unduly worried about the dialect, then they and we have somehow missed our way. Tell us about it on Twitter using GdnReview. In wartime, the women depicted fulfil their unrealised potential, the men rejoice in military comradeship; the end result, however, is closer to Armageddon than Utopia.

The Accrington Pals – review

For more information, visit our inspection copies page. 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.

Sentimentality has accringfon place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind. 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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