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
  • 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


3 known roles

Connected mandy members:

Jean Wilde
Jean Wilde
2015, Annie
Bryony Twydle
2014, Annie
The Electric Theatre
Victoria McEvoy
2013, Annie
Darrie Gardner
2013, Annie
The Oak & Pastor
Jessica Duffield
2012, Annie
The Criterion Theatre
Georgia Bird
Georgia Bird
2011, Annie
The Drama Barn
Katie Jayne Hornby
2011, Annie
Brick Workshop Theatre
Nina Stratford
2006, Annie
Meriel Scholfield
2003, Annie
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Vivienne Brown
1988, Annie
Perth Theatre

Alternative Names

Accrington Pals