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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Every part was important but I avcrington 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. While the story itself is fiction, the background is reality.

In return Mr Turner would be interested to get in touch with anyone who has any connection with the Pals. In James Dacre’s profoundly moving production it strikes me as one of the best plays ever about the first world war: In other projects Wikipedia. This Theatre article is a stub. Show 25 25 50 All. But that doesn’t diminish the impact of Emma Lowndes’s May, who catches perfectly the emotional austerity pa,s was often the price paid for financial independence. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You can help Wikiquote by expanding it. We know the end, and the late scenes are terrifying; yet within the horror is a saving evocation of rebellion. 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.


Almost equally powerful is the juxtaposition of the assault on the Somme with the sight of an Accrington girl breaking down as she sings Edward German’s O Peaceful England. Bookings on Havant After the last 3 performances the play was followed by a free afcrington entitled ‘Women and War’ ; a Bench Fringe Theatre production given free of charge.

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

Once you accrintgon successfully made your request, you will receive a confirmation email explaining that your request is awaiting approval. The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities.

Whelan’s title refers to the strong Accrington battalion that marched jauntily off to war accringyon the summer of 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 is a revelation. 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’.

Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 12 Marchat Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: The other women overcome their fierce sense of deprivation to band together, learn new skills and eventually march militantly on to accringtoh town hall and discover the truth about the annihilation of virtually the whole battalion.



The Accrington Pals – review

We currently support the following browsers: The play explores a number of issues relevant both at the time and today, questioning peoples morality and attitudes to war. 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.

We have not sought an accurate rendition of Accrington historically or geographically. 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.

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Wikipedia has an article about: Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means. The Accrington Pals play. 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.