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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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 scritp induces a retrospective rage at the tragic waste of so much local pride and patriotism. We have not sought an accurate rendition of Accrington historically or geographically.

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. Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means.

This page was last edited on 12 Marchat ;als Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful women.

The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures Loading comments… Trouble loading? Tell us about it on Twitter using GdnReview. The smaller roles rounded them out beautifully. The young men of a Lancashire mill town leave their homes and lovers for the trenches of the Somme. 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.


The Accrington Pals (Modern Classics) Peter Whelan: Methuen Drama

Bookings on Havant This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people. Dacre’s production is accrinhton given a highly atmospheric context by Jonathan Fensom’s realistic design: In other projects Wikipedia.

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.

The one outsider is May, a tough market-stall owner, who never expresses her love for her year-old cousin, Tom, who inevitably perishes in the “big push”.

Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means In return Mr Turner would be interested scfipt get in touch with anyone who has any connection with the Pals.

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For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. But the play, which spans the period up to the battle of the Somme in Julyis less about the men than the women they left behind, and their growing sense of solidarity.

Retrieved from ” https: We have pzls 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.


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 play was first published inbut was first presented in by the Accriington Shakespeare Company. He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ in Please note that print inspection copies acdrington only available in UK and Republic of Ireland.

There’s a heart-stopping moment when May spurns the departing Tom’s kisses while you hear the brassily cheery music of the boys’ brigade off stage.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind.

For more information, visit our inspection copies page. 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.

The Accrington Pals

The Pals were formed and fought just as they are described as doing in the play. Show 25 25 50 All.

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