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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It chronicles in the round a vital piece of 20th-century history, showing the battlefield but concentrating on civilian life.

We scriph support the following browsers: Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful women. The edition also includes paly chronology and classroom activities. The Accrington Pals is a poignant and harrowing play set in the early years of the First World War, accrintgon the country’s jingoistic optimism starts to wane and the true terror of warfare gradually becomes clear.

Under Peter Corrigan’s direction, the cast of ten turned in fine, solid afcrington. 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. 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.

This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people. 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’.

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

They are never afraid to put on controversial plays like ‘Bent’ and ‘The Pals’. In return Mr Turner would be interested to get in touch with anyone who has any connection with the Pals. 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 play. 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. For more information, visit our inspection copies page.

Peter Woodward commanded the men in every sense as Company Sergeant Major Rivers, adoptive father to the Pals when they join the new family of comrades. Throughout the play there is a recurrent theme of water seen perhaps as a relentless fate, but surely blood is thicker than water? For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy.

You can help Sccript by expanding it. 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. Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: It’s a wonderful play for anywhere.

The young men of a Lancashire mill town leave their accrungton and lovers for the trenches of the Somme. The play was first published inbut was first presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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. If the audience becomes unduly worried about the dialect, then they and accringotn have somehow missed our way.

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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The Accrington Pals is a revelation. In other languages Add links. Bookings on Havant Views Read Edit View history. While the story itself is fiction, the background is reality.


To say that it scipt you emotionally shattered almost feels like an insult to those bygone souls and accrintgon horrors they faced but quietly shattering it is, all the same. The Pals were formed and fought just as they are described as doing in the play.

It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ qccrington This note appeared in the programme: 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.

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. This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

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

At Paxtons they don’t pay you what they pay a man do they? We have not sought an accurate rendition of Accrington historically or geographically. Sadly, Bill Turner died inbut his work to establish and maintain an archive of all the Accrington Pals continues with other archivists.