The moving story of The Accrington Pals is told by Silsoe Drama Club next week.
Most of the boys of the Pals Brigades did not live to tell their own story, but Peter Whelan’s moving retelling of their tragic tale, means that their history will never die.
The Accrington Pals is not your average First World War play. It portrays the terrifying experiences of the men of the front line at The Battle of The Somme, mirrored by the deprivation, social changes and propaganda lies faced by the mothers, sisters and sweethearts left behind. While the story itself is fiction, the background is reality.
This poignant and harrowing play follows the lives of the characters May and Tom. May (Lecy Robinson) is an independent and hard working fruit and veg stall holder. Tom (Edward Frizzelle) is her optimistic and idealistic lodger.
Throughout the play the audience will see the romantic feelings between them grow. But their conflicting ideas about life stand in the way of their longing for each other. Will we ever see them put their differences aside and accept each other the way they are for the sake of their own happiness?
In contrast, the characters of Ralph (Antony Barke) and Eva (Zoe Bryan) have a much more controversial attitude to relationships during the first few years of The Great War. They enjoy their time together - maybe a little too much for a
couple of that era! Subsequently, they encourage May and Tom to express their feelings to each other, despite their opposing views.
Supported by a fantastic cast, each character portrays a different attitude to war and the social attitudes at that time. Through Peter Whelan’s writing we see a real glimpse of the ideas people had during that war, not just what history will allow us to believe.
Featuring a directorial debut from Rachel Hickey, a long standing member of the club, The Accrington Pals will have every member of the audience crying tears of both laughter and sorrow.
The play is presented from Thursday, November 27 until Saturday, November 29, at 7.30pm at Silsoe village hall.
Tickets are £10 from the box office on 07977 740 953
The Silsoe Drama Club cast for this production are
May – Lecy Robinson
Tom – Edward Frizzelle
Eva – Zoe Bryan
Ralph – Antony Barke
Sarah – Naomi Sherwood
Bertha – Tayla Blackman
CSM Rivers – Lee Keen
Arthur – Simon Stranks
Annie – Joy Feerick
Reggie – Sam Conquest
Director – Rachel Hickey
Producer – Joy Feerick
Assistant to the director – Lee Hill
Set design – Scarper and Bodgit aka Paul Jarvis and Mark Hedley assisted by
Rachel Hickey, Anita Jarvis, Nicky Hedley, Joy Feerick and Edward Frizzelle
Sound and Light – Paul Jarvis, Julian Sparrey, Mick Platt, James.
Costumes – Anita Jarvis, Rachel Hickey
Props – Simon Stranks, Caron Bradshaw, Rachel Hickey
Publicity/Poster Design – Edward Frizzelle
Publicity – Lee Keen, Rachel Hickey and cast
Stage Manager – Nicky Hedley
Stage Crew – Mark Hedley
FOH manager – John Rickatson
FOH Staff – Mike Brown, Phil Hammond
Box Office – Martin and Angela Ayres
Bar – Martin Ayres, Angela Ayres, Simon Sadler
Hair and Makeup – The cast