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Play looks at families at war

Malvern Editorial 11th Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE MALVERN Theatre Players are set to sign off their latest season with a fitting performance to commemorate the beginning of the First World War 100 years ago.

They will bring ‘The Accrington Pals’ to the Coach House Theatre from Monday, July 14 to Saturday, July 19, also marking the group’s formal acquisition of the Grange Road venue.

Peter Whelan’s play is entrenched in the lives of four couples in 1914.

When war reaches the home front men from Accrington in Lancashire respond to the nationwide call up for service.

They form their own ‘Pals Battalion’ becoming the 11th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment and soon see themselves face to face with the brutalities of battle in the French trenches.

While back home the play also follows the lives of some of the devoted wives, mothers, daughters and lovers who’s collective spirit epitomised the strength which kept Britain together while thousands of its citizens were fighting overseas.

A spokesman from Malvern Theatre Players said: “The play is at times funny, at times sad and paints a moving and powerful picture of the changes in civilian life during war time. We remember the men who died and the women who fought on the home front.”

Tickets cost between £10 and £16 and are available by visiting www.malvern-theatres.co.uk or calling 01684 892277.

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