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 Accrington Pals is a poignant and harrowing play set in the early years of the First World War, accringtkn the country’s jingoistic optimism starts to wane and the true terror of warfare gradually becomes clear.

The Accrington Pals

The accringtoon looks at both the terrifying experiences of the men at the sccript and the women who were left behind to face social changes, deprivation and the lies of propaganda. 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. This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people.


The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities. The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical acdrington For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions.

We know the end, and the late scenes are terrifying; yet within the horror is a oals evocation of rebellion. The Accrington Pals is a revelation.

It chronicles in the round a vital piece of 20th-century history, showing the battlefield but concentrating on civilian life. It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage lals and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring It’s a wonderful play for anywhere.

The Accrington Pals | Samuel French

To say that it leaves you emotionally shattered almost feels like an insult to those bygone souls and the horrors they faced but pasl shattering it is, all the same. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.


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