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The Accrington Pals - September 1998

The Accrington Pals, by Peter Whelan, is set in the town of Accrington, Lancashire. At the start of the first world war, many young men signed up to fight. This play centers around the men from Accrington who go to war, full of life and optimism, and the women they leave behind, they are more realistic and struggle to keep their families together.

The Accrington Pals - Eva, Bertha and Sarah

The hardship of everyday life and the worry that their men may be killed is a strong bond in the lives of the women. The men die at the battle of the Somme in 1916.

The Accrington Pals - Ralph and Tom

The women read in the newspapers that the war is being won. The excitement is short-lived with conflicting news, rumours and misinformation about the Accrington Pals on the front line, and they then learn that their menfolk are dead.

The Accrington Pals - May and C.S.M. Rivers

Tom HackfordOliver Hale
May HassalTracey Monaghan
Arthur BoggisIan Guy
Reggie BoggisDaniel Hillier
Ralph NewsteadEdward Heeley
Eva MasonCara Heeley
Sarah HardingKate Phimister
Annie BoggisBeverley Little
Bertha TreecottMargaret Addison
C.S.M. RiversJohn Marshall
Directed byMalcolme Littler