6 - 10 Jan in the Studio at 7.45pm | Matinee: Sat 10 January at 2pm
Anticipated running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Please note this is an estimated running time and may be subject to change
1916. Private Tommo Peaceful sits alone in a trench in Ypres. He remembers his childhood as he counts down to sunrise. We meet his mother and his siblings, Charlie and Joe. We see him playing in the glorious Devonshire countryside with his best friend Molly. We witness his first day of school where he encounters the harsh Mrs Munnings and the fair Miss McAllister. We watch him struggle under the tyranny of cruel Grandma Wolf.
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE: TUESDAY 6TH JANUARY 7:45PM
Tommo then thinks of the words that persuaded him to go to war 'Your King needs you. Your country needs you. And all the brave lads out in France need you too.' He reflects on the cycles of attacks and defeats, retreats and ‘Big Pushes’ that Tommo and Charlie endure with their school mates Pete, Nipper, Les and Jimmy, of his worried friends and family back home. He thinks of all of this as he remembers his whole life.
“The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are bound up together in this magnificent show.”
Private Peaceful will prove to be a poignant memorial following the centenary anniversary of the First World War. With a 'Stage2 twist' in the form of war poetry interspersing the action, we will bring this story vividly to life, communicating the real thoughts and feelings of the people who lived through this time. It will raise questions of what people remember, how people remember and why people remember.
“My books are not the politics but the pity of war.”
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