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The Accrington Pals

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

March 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2003.

The Accrington Pals

by Peter Whelan

“problem of audibility”
– Brighton Argus –


Directed by
Katie Brownings


Lex Hills – May

Ryan Lainchbury – Tom

Mark Best – Ralph

Serena Brand – Eva

Zoë Edden – Sarah

Theresa Furr – Bertha

Kate Hills – Annie

David Bickers – Arthur

Stuart Isaac – Reggie

Simon Birks – CSM Rivers


Production Crew

Assistant to the Director – Kevin Isaac

Stage Manager – David Comber

Lighting Design – Mike Medway

Lighting Technician – Chris Grey

Sound Design & Operation – Simon Snelling

Technical Stage Management – John Garland

Technical Stage Management – Kevin Isaac

Technical Stage Management – Marc Lewis

Set building – David Comber

Set building – Dave Collis

Set building – Brian Box

Set building – Mike Davy

Set building – Marc Lewis

Set Painting – Sheila Neesham

Set Painting – Frances Thorne

Set Painting – Judith Berrill

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Properties – Margaret Davy

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Margaret Pierce

Press & Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Press & Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Press & Publicity – Judith Berrill

Box Office – Margaret Murrell

Front of House Co-ordinator – Betty Dawes


Programme Note #1: The Accrington Pals

This moving and powerful play takes its title from the seven hundred strong battalion from Accrington Lancs, which marched off optimistically to join Kitchener’s New Army and was decimated at the battle of the Somme in 1916.

Glimpses are given of the life at the front but the play’s dramatic power lies in the linking of the public event to the private lives of the working class wives, daughters and lovers who were left behind, living on hope and official misinformation about what was actually happening to the ‘Pals’ in France.

The play explores a whole range of emotions, humorous in parts and extremely poignant in others, and paints a picture of the changes in civilian life during wartime.