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:

Paul Burton
Paul Burton
Actor
2016, Ralph
The Work House Theatre
Marcus Turner
2015, Ralph
The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
Benjamin Smerdon
2014, Ralph
The Palace Theatre
James Dammers
2014, Ralph
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Charles White
2014, Ralph
Trinity Theatre
Jason Rivers
Jason Rivers
Actor
2014, Ralph
Barlow Theatre
Sam Saunders
Sam Saunders
Actor
2014, Ralph
The Ashcroft Theatre/ The Pomegranate Theatre
Patch Harvey
Patch Harvey
Actor
2014, Ralph
The Electric Theatre
Max Attard
Max Attard
Actor
2013, Ralph
The New Diorama
Blayne Robinson
2013, Ralph
Courtyard Studio
Adam Downey
Adam Downey
Actor
2013, Ralph
Avondale Theatre
Jack Loy
Jack Loy
Actor
2011, Ralph
The Carriageworks Theatre
Alan Dester
Alan Dester
Actor
2011, Ralph
Eddie Usher
Eddie Usher
Actor
2010, Ralph
Grange Court Theatre
Joel Dyer
Joel Dyer
Actor
2010, Ralph
The Questors Theatre
Dominic Danson
2010, Ralph
Nicholas McBride
2007, Ralph
East 15
James Barton-Steel
2006, Ralph
Pleasance
James Allan
James Allan
Actor
2004, Ralph
Crescent Theatre
Davies Palmer
2004, Ralph

Alternative Names

Accrington Pals