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The Accrington Pals

As a striking piece of First World War history, Peter Whelan’s play hits the mark full on. Not for its examination of life in the trenches, but for the way it brings normal life in a north English industrial town into light.

It follows a trio of young men who join up along with 720 of their townsmen, enough to form a whole battalion: the Accrington Pals of the title. As they leave for manoeuvres and eventually the front, this reveals where the men who fought and died came from. It shows a society very different to today’s, peopled with those they will leave behind.

The action takes place between autumn 1914 and July 1916. The settings are May market stall and the kitchen of her house in Accrington; military training camps in English and Wales; and on the Western Front.

Our November 2010 production was directed by Alan Jeffries.

Cast:
May, a stall-holder -- Jennie Davidson
Tom, an apprentice -- Andrew T Handerson
Ralph, a clerk -- Aiden Heald
Eva, a mill-girl -- Constance Clerk
Bertha, a mill-girl -- Fiona Kennedy
Sara, a mill-worker -- Rosalind Becroft
Annie, a housewife -- Fiona Robertson
Arthur, her husband -- Alan Richardson
Reggie, her son -- Alistair Robertson
CSM Rivers, a regular soldier -- John Webster

Production:
Stage Manager -- Marion Donohoe
Stage Crew -- Stephen Bennett, Rick Kary, Chester Parker
Set design -- Derek Blackwood
Construction Crew -- Clem Allan, Don Arnott
Lighting -- Stephen Hajducki, Surjana Upadhyay
Sound -- Alison Buckley
Properties -- Maggie Kennedy, Elspeth Hartley
Wardrobe -- Effie Robertson, Maggie King, Allison Naismith
Continuity -- Alison Kennedy

For the Company:
Business Manager -- Don Arnott
Front of House -- Lynne Morris
Artwork -- Aird McKinstrie
Programme -- Stephen Hajducki
Patrons' Secretary -- Jenny Calcott
Photography -- Marion Donohoe

The Accrington Pals

by Peter Whelan

16-19 November 2011

Church Hill Theatre