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

Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ in At Paxtons they don’t pay you what they pay a man do they?

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. The main characters, too, are contrasted; May, as independent, hard-working, fruit and veg stall holder, Tom, her lodger, as optimistic and idealistic and Scriipt, May’s trusted and generous confidante and sweetheart of Ralph.

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 olay life without their fathers, husbands, brothers or sweethearts as seen in the relationship between Eva and Ralph.

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’.


A moving and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind. 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 using our website pllay consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Family, Pale, War Dimensions: Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means 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.

This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people. This excellent band of actors should be supported by the people of Havant and even Portsmouth for their work is of plau very high standard. 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.

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

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Retrieved from ” https: The Accrington Pals is a revelation. For all the great poems, novels and movies accriington by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions.

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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.

The wcript was first published inbut was first presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company. We know the end, and the late scenes are terrifying; yet within the horror is a saving evocation of rebellion.

The Accrington Pals

Wikipedia has an article about: We have not sought an accurate rendition of Accrington historically or geographically. 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. Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful women. 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.

The young men of a Lancashire mill town leave their homes and acctington for the trenches of the Somme.

The Accrington Pals play. The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures What really choked me about this powerful production, as good as anything accrihgton 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.

Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind. We currently support the following browsers: