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Play captures WW1 horror for villages

Pictured is a promotional poster for the Tideswell Community Players' enactment of The Accrington Pals about a community torn apart by World War One.

Pictured is a promotional poster for the Tideswell Community Players' enactment of The Accrington Pals about a community torn apart by World War One.

A hard-hitting play has successfully recreated the impact that the outbreak of World War One had on village communities.

Tideswell Community Players are performing The Accrington Pals at Tideswell’s St John the Baptist Church between May 28 and 29 as we approach the 100th commemorative anniversary of the start for The Great War this August.

This powerful wartime drama, written by Peter Whelan, is a true life story about men who went away to fight and the impact this had on the close-knit villages they left behind.

Gerard Rodgers, of Tideswell Community players, said: “The tale is relevant to any community that sent its young men off to the war. It’s sobering with tragedy, but also funny and moving.”

Accrington became the smallest town in England to raise a Pals Volunteer Brigade for the war in France and as they faced the brutal reality of war, life would never be the same again for the women and mothers left behind.

The play started on May 28 and runs every evening until May, 30, with a 7.30pm start.

Tickets costing £8 and £6 are available from Tideswell Post Office and Litton Stores. Bookings can be made via theatre@tideswell.net or by calling 01298 871063.

 

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