The Accrington Pals

by Peter Whelan

directed by Ken Spencer

Presented at the

Maskers' Studio Theatre


29th October to 3rd November 2007

Director’s Notes

The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unparalleled ferocity which extended far beyond its European epicentre, it destroyed the century of relative peace and prosperity which we associate with the Victorian era and unleashed the demons of the twentieth century - pestilence, military destruction and mass death. The ideas it spawned continue to shape our world today - modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, and radical thinking about economics and society.

Peter Whelan’s lyrical, absorbing play, premiered by the RSC, is set in Accrington during 1914-16. The ‘Pals’ are the men from the local volunteer battalion who march high-spiritedly off to the Great War with their experiences in the trenches contrasted with those of the women left behind.

At times funny, at times sad, it paints a moving and powerful picture of the changes in civilian life during wartime.

Ken Spencer

The Cast
Tom Pete Burrows
May Ellie de Beer
Arthur Ian Wilson
Reggic Gareth Price
Ralph James Norton
Eva George Moody
Annie Sarah Spencer
Sarah Hayley Cheesworth
Bertha Hannah Stansbridge
The CSM Albie Minns
Production Team
Director Ken Spencer
Production Manager Angie Stansbridge
Stage Management Team Elizabeth Davies, Alison Tebbutt
Scenic design and painting Ken Spencer, Roger Lockett, Graham Buchanan
Lighting design David Ilsley
Sound Jamie McCarthy, Geoff Grandy
Music Lou Stonehill
Costumes Christine Baker, Sheana Carrington
Props and furniture Ella Lockett, Gill Buchanan
Publicity and Programme Angie Stansbridge
Box Office Christine and Paul Baker
Front of House Julia Jupp and members


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