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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It goes beyond documentary, drawing dcript a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring 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.

The play was first published inbut was first presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Retrieved from ” https: It’s a wonderful play for anywhere. While the story itself is fiction, the background is reality. The Accrington Pals play.

They are never afraid to put on controversial plays like ‘Bent’ and ‘The Pals’. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Dacre’s production is also given a highly atmospheric context by Jonathan Fensom’s realistic design: Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind.

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.


Acdrington James Dacre’s profoundly moving production it strikes me as one of the best plays ever about the first world war: 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 that induces a retrospective rage srcipt the tragic waste of so much local pride and patriotism.

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Under Peter Corrigan’s direction, the cast of ten turned in fine, solid performances. Show 25 25 50 All. Bookings on Havant This page was last edited on 12 Marchat But that doesn’t diminish the impact of Emma Lowndes’s May, who catches perfectly the emotional austerity that was often the price paid for financial independence. 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.

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.

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The Accrington Pals

Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means This Theatre article is a stub. It chronicles in the round a vital piece of 20th-century history, showing the battlefield but concentrating on civilian life. 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.


Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful women.

We currently support the following browsers: Please note that print inspection copies are only available in UK and Republic of Ireland. The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities.

What really choked me about this powerful production, as good as anything you 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. 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. For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions.

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