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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

Directed by
Katie Brownings

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“excellent performances from actresses”
– Brighton Argus –


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 DirectorKevin Isaac

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Lighting DesignMike Medway

Lighting TechnicianChris Grey

Sound Design & OperationSimon Snelling

Technical Stage ManagementJohn Garland

Technical Stage ManagementKevin Isaac

Technical Stage ManagementMarc Lewis

Set buildingDavid Comber

Set buildingDavid Collis

Set buildingBrian Box

Set buildingMike Davy

Set buildingMarc Lewis

Set PaintingSheila Neesham

Set PaintingFrances Thorne

Set PaintingJudith Berrill

PropertiesSue Whittaker

PropertiesMargaret Davy

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

Press & PublicityRosemary Bouchy

Press & PublicityRosemary Brown

Press & PublicityJudith Berrill

Box OfficeMargaret Murrell

Front of House Co-ordinatorBetty 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.