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.
|May||Ellie de Beer|
|The CSM||Albie Minns|
|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|
|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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