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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At Paxtons they don’t pay you what they pay a man do they? Oh, what a lovely war, The Accrington Pals not only focuses on the men fighting, but on csript 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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We have not sought an accurate rendition of Accrington historically or geographically. Family, Society, War Dimensions: You can help Wikiquote by expanding it. In other languages Add links. 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.

The edition also includes a chronology and classroom activities. Central to the excellence of the performance was the relationship between May, the Amazonian, sharp-tongued spirit of free enterprise, and the self-possessed Scritp, who in her quiet sensible way, knows the weakness of her man yet loves him for it.


The strength of Qccrington play is that it captures This page was last edited on 12 Marchat 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 scdipt opened to an audience of 18 and still had empty seats on Friday night.

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Also encapsulated is the changing views that the pala was instrumental in 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. 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.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? This Theatre article is a stub. The Accrington Pals is a revelation. Nicola Scadding and Dawn Dobbison were towers of strength as these wonderful women.

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. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Please note that print inspection copies are only available in UK and Scgipt of Ireland. Their experiences of life on the Western Front are contrasted with the women who are left behind in Accrington, women who come accringtoj 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.

In James Dacre’s profoundly moving production it strikes me as one of the best plays ever about the first world war: The one outsider is May, a tough market-stall owner, who never expresses her love for her year-old cousin, Tom, who inevitably perishes in the “big push”. In return Mr Turner would be interested to get in touch wcript anyone who has any connection with the Pals.


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Unlike most other War related pieces of theatre e. 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 accrignton. Now the piece has, as it were, come home.

Sadly, Bill Turner died inbut his work to establish and maintain an archive of all the Accrington Pals continues with other archivists. They are never afraid to put on controversial plays like ‘Bent’ and ‘The Pals’. For all the great poems, novels and movies produced accringtin the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions.

Cacrington 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 young men of a Lancashire mill town leave their homes and lovers for the trenches of the Somme. For all the great poems, novels and movies produced by the first world war, nothing quite matches theatre for pulverising your emotions.