Plays Directory : The Accrington Pals

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Peter Whelan
  • Written
    1981
  • Setting
    Accrington / Flanders
  • Overview
    While the story itself is fiction, the background is reality. The Pals were formed and fought just as they are described as doing in the play. It looks at the story of the innocent and enthusiastic men who volunteered their services to their country after Kitchener's calls for a New Army. 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 sexual deprivation, as well as being thrown into the social changes that came along with the absence of many men. 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. The play has fun and light-hearted moments, which are starkly contrasted with the terrifying reality hundreds of men faced at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

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8 known characters

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3 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Rafael Hilder
Rafael Hilder
Child Actor
2019, Tom
Haberdashers Aske's Hatcham Federation
Amy-Lou Harris
2018, May
Multiple
Teresa Dawn Taylor
2018, Sarah
OVT
Beth Nolan
Beth Nolan
Actor
2018, Bertha
Accrington Town Hall
Florence Holmes
2017, May
Paul Burton
Paul Burton
Actor
2016, Ralph
The Work House Theatre
Joseph Lewis
Joseph Lewis
Actor
2016, Tom Hackford
Central Studio, QMC Basingstoke
Lee Burnitt
Lee Burnitt
Actor
2015, Arthur Boggis
Lantern Theatre
Eloise Dixon
Eloise Dixon
Actor
2015, Sarah
London
Alison Hulett
2015, May
South London Theatre
Leah Halliwell
2015, Eva
Marcus Turner
2015, Ralph
The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
Eleanor Hawthorne
2015, May
ALRA North
Samantha Johanna Williams
2015, Bertha
The Workhouse Theatre
Jessica Forrest
2015, Eva
Daniel Beaton
2015, Tom
Hall Green Little Theatre
Jean Wilde
Jean Wilde
Actor
2015, Annie
Kait Feeney
Kait Feeney
Actor
2015, Assistant Director
South London Theatre
Amelia Stephenson
2015, Bertha
Ricky Shaw
Ricky Shaw
Actor
2015, Rivers
The People's Theatre

Alternative Names

Accrington Pals