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on 6 December 2005
This is a play that can be read on so many levels, its a touching tale of the trials and tribulations of a group of young people from Accrington who 'do the right thing' and sign up for service in world war one. It is a play about relationships, between a group of young men, between the men and the women they leave behind, and about one mans relationship with God. We see the struggle of a single working class woman surviving in a man's world, fighting to put her stamp on her own live. We learn about the loss of childhood and dignity in the trenches and the devesating impact the war had on the close knit working class communities in Britain. The result of the war leads the soldiers to the ultimate sacrifice, the loss of their lives and the questioning of their faith in God in the hour of death. A great play, moving, funny and shocking. Highly recommended.
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on 24 February 2003
A play that allows us to enter the minds of the common people who lost so much during the first world war. The soldiers who left, in innocence and ignorance, to fight for their country; and those left behind to grieve for their loss. The play compares the idealist socialism of the artist, Tom, with the individualism of May, with her self help philosophy. The play is based on the real life tragedy of The Accrington Pals, which adds poignancy. It is accessible and sensitively written and well worth reading.
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on 17 March 2013
Accrington is the clue for me. Lancashire Lads and their lives cut short. Clearly written. Characters well developed. Read this in tandem with RC Sheriff's Journeys End. So much to tell us; so little learned.
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on 15 June 2014
I received a copy of this excellent play and was very happy with it. It took a while to arrive but was worth the wait. It always surprises me how long it takes for books to arrive in the republic of Ireland Ireland from the UK, when books being sent to Northern Ireland ofter arrive within a day or two.
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on 11 June 2014
This was used for a L3 Extended Diploma performance to mark the centenary of WW1. It is an excellent text that highlights the themes related to war, censorship, the emergence of a female working class, consumerism etc. It was written in the 1980's and there are clear comparisons between Thatcher and the main female protagonist, May. This character also shares significant similarities with Brecht's Mother Courage and her obsession with profiteering from war. A very relevant text to performing arts and history students.
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on 19 September 2013
Fabulous play. Expert service and great condition of text. Fast delivery. Fully recommend it to teacherd looking for a play for a class to enact.
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on 3 September 2013
Should be more well known considering the quality of writing, depth of characters and historical accuracy. Definitely helps history come alive through the eyes of real people :-)
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on 20 January 2013
Love this play......it requires a director who isn't afraid to explore his/her creative ideas.
The book arrived promptly and in excellent condition, thank you.
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on 25 March 2011
A smashing little book. Accrington Pals is about kitchener's volunteer army during World War I. This army was made up of friends, brothers, cousins - 104 men were recruited within the first 3 hours - half being recruited from Accrington. There wasnt a person living in Accrington and the surrounding areas who did not know someone in this volunteer army. They were trained to fight. A very moving true story about about what happened to these often young men when they went off to war. A great little play.
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on 28 May 2013
I purchased this book for my English exam, it arrived in good condition and it was definitely new. I thought the play itself was interesting and atypical from the usual war literature plays like 'Journey's End' so I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in reading it.
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