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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Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means 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. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Order by newest oldest recommendations. 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.

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 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.

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.

Accrington Pals: Playscript. | The National Archives

If the audience becomes unduly worried about the dialect, then they and we have somehow missed our way. Views Read Edit View history. It deserves the best possible support for the rest of its run – tonight, and from Tuesday to Saturday next week at Havant Arts Centre, at 7. 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. 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.


Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women ‘MAY: The smaller roles rounded them out beautifully. Tell us about it on Twitter using GdnReview. 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.

Sadly, Bill Turner died inbut his work to establish and maintain an archive of all the Accrington Pals continues with other archivists. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Accringgon.

Peter Whelan writes “These mothers, wives, daughters and scirpt of the Pals didn’t knuckle under sheepishly to authority in the way I had supposed. The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities. 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.

It’s a wonderful play for anywhere. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Whelan also has the natural accrimgton knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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.

The Accrington Pals – review

In return Mr Turner would be interested to get in touch with anyone who has any connection with the Pals. Unlike most other War related pieces of theatre e. This note appeared in the programme: Retrieved from ” https: The play was first published inbut was first presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company. For information on how we process your acript, read our Privacy Policy. We currently support the following browsers: Under Peter Corrigan’s direction, the cast of ten turned in fine, solid performances.


To say that it leaves you emotionally shattered almost feels like an insult to those bygone souls and the horrors they faced but quietly shattering it is, all the same.

But the play, which spans the period up to the battle of the Somme in Julyis less about accrigton men than the women they left behind, and their growing sense of solidarity. Sentimentality has no place in this play, it leaves simple pathos behind. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.

In James Dacre’s profoundly moving production it strikes me as one of the best plays ever about the first world war: You can help Wikiquote by expanding it. 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. 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 also given a highly atmospheric context by Jonathan Fensom’s realistic design: This Theatre article is a stub. Whelan’s title refers to the strong Accrington battalion that marched jauntily off to war in the summer of