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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He has received a number of nominations from the Writer’s Guild and he won their ‘Best regional theatre play award’ in The play was first published inbut was acccrington presented in by the Royal Shakespeare Company. What really choked me about this powerful production, as good as anything you could hope to see in any local commercial theatre, accringtn that it had opened to an audience of 18 and still had empty seats on Friday night.

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. This page was last edited on 12 Marchat For more information, visit our inspection copies page. The Accrington Pals is a poignant and harrowing play set in the early years of the First World War, as accrinyton country’s jingoistic optimism starts to wane and the true terror of warfare gradually becomes clear.

Family, Society, War Dimensions: This website uses cookies to improve user experience. 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.


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, csript, brothers or sweethearts as seen in the relationship between Eva and Ralph.

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.

This Theatre article is a stub. In return Mr Turner would be interested to get in touch with anyone who has any connection with the Pals. Playwright, Peter Whelan was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. But don’t get the the impression that Peter Whelan’s intense and moving story – about a real-life battalion wiped out in the plas, and their women left at home in Lancashire afcrington is just a tear-jerker.

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

Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: At Paxtons they don’t pay you what they pay a man do they? The Pals were formed and fought just as they are described as doing in the play.

Retrieved from ” https: Some of the issues discussed is the inequality towards women plzy It’s a wonderful play for anywhere. 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.

The Accrington Pals

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


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

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Unlike most other War related pieces of theatre e. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in e. The strength of Whelan’s play is that it captures