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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18
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3 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Leah Halliwell
2015, Eva
Jessica Forrest
2015, Eva
Marie Williamson
2014, Eva
Theatre Royal Wakefield
Kerry Sirrell
2014, Eva
Jenny Owen
Jenny Owen
Actor
2014, Eva
Hebden Bridge Little theatre
Anna Doolan
Anna Doolan
Actor
2014, Eva
The Ashcroft Theatre, The Pomegranate Theatre
Helena Fenton
2014, Eva
Trinity Theatre
Jenny Owen
Jenny Owen
Actor
2014, Eva
Guide Bridge Theatre
Lily Driver
Lily Driver
Director
2013, Eva
Italia Conti Academy
Helen Cashin
Helen Cashin
Actor
2013, Eva
Georgia Robson
2013, Eva
New Diorama Theatre
Kimberly Black
2010, Eva
The Workhouse Theatre
Kirsty Nicholls
2009, Eva
Chloe Orrock
Chloe Orrock
Actor
2009, Eva
The Talisman Theatre
Stephanie Briggs
2004, Eva
Pleasance Theatre
Michaela Bull
2003, Eva
Julia Main
Julia Main
Voice Over: English
2002, Eva
Bethen Thorpe
2002, Eva
Jermyn Street Theatre
Julia Main
Julia Main
Actor
2002, Eva
Stratford Circus
Naomi Richards
1999, Eva
Littlewick Theatre, Fringe

Alternative Names

Accrington Pals