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
Daniel Beaton
2015, Tom
Hall Green Little Theatre
Peter Hardingham
2014, Tom
Sheridan Studio
George Hanes Turner
2014, Tom
Bridewell Theatre
Sam Saunders
Sam Saunders
Actor
2013, Tom
New Diorama Theatre
Ian Davidson
Ian Davidson
Actor
2012, Tom
Sam Moran
Sam Moran
Actor
2012, Tom
Karl Reay
Karl Reay
Actor
2010, Tom
Luke Harrison
2006, Tom
Bob Hope Theatre
Graham Eaglesham
2006, Tom
The Pleasance Theatre
Chris Bowe
Chris Bowe
Actor
2004, Tom
Chris Anderson
2004, Tom
Capitol
Alex Dillow
Alex Dillow
Actor
2002, Tom

Alternative Names

Accrington Pals