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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He beats the irresistible drum that lures the lads off to war, creating the final divide between dreamy Tom played with sensitivity by David Brown and May.

Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: Central to the excellence of the performance was the relationship between May, the Amazonian, sharp-tongued spirit of free enterprise, and the self-possessed Wccrington, who in her quiet sensible way, knows the weakness of her man yet loves him for it.

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’. At Paxtons they don’t pay you what they pay a man scrippt they? The Pals were formed and fought just as they are described as doing in the play. It chronicles in accribgton round a vital piece of 20th-century history, showing the battlefield but concentrating on civilian life.

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In return Mr Turner would be interested to paks in touch with anyone who has any connection with the 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.

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It goes beyond documentary, drawing on a visionary stage vocabulary and creating individual stories that are both desolating and stirring While often comic vignettes portray the everyday life of a town denuded of men, the men face the terror that is the Battle of the Somme. The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means. This note appeared in the programme: In James Dacre’s profoundly moving production it strikes me as one of the best plays ever about the first world war: 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.

While the story itself is fiction, the background is reality. The main characters, too, are contrasted; May, as independent, hard-working, fruit and veg stall holder, Tom, her lodger, as optimistic and idealistic and Eva, May’s trusted and generous confidante and sweetheart of Ralph. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


The Accrington Pals

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Also encapsulated is the changing views that the war was instrumental in e. Whelan also has the natural dramatist’s knack of expressing his ideas through purely theatrical means Dacre’s production is also given a highly atmospheric context by Jonathan Fensom’s realistic design: This Theatre article is a stub.

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. This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people. A pas and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind.

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Sentimentality has no place in cacrington play, it leaves simple pathos behind. 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.