The Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, have a tough rural childhood facing the death of their father, financial hardship and a cruel landlord.
Their fierce loyalty to each other pulls them through, until one day they both fall for the same girl. And then the Great War comes.
We join 18 year old Private Tommo Peaceful in the trenches as he tells us a story of courage, devotion and sibling rivalry on what may be his last night on earth.
Private Peaceful was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, won the Red House Children’s Book Award and won the Blue Peter Book Award. Acknowledged by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, The Butterfly Lion) as his favourite work, this professional premiere is a new ensemble-version by Simon Reade. It tells the story of a country lad fighting a war he doesn’t understand for people he cannot respect.
Private Peaceful in rehearsal
Daniel Boyd (Private Peaceful)
John Dougall (Father, Chaplain, Colonel)
Robert Evens (Bog Joe)
Tom Kanji (Munnings, Doctor, Grandma Wolf)
Emma Manton (Hazel Peaceful, Jimmy Parsons, Miss McAllister, Molly’s Mother)
Daniel Rainford (Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful)
Liyah Summers (Molly/Anna)
Abigail Hood (understudy)
Author Michael Morpurgo
Writer Simon Reade
Director Elle While
Designer Lucy Sierra
Lighting Designer Matt Haskins
Sound Designer Dan Balfour
Movement Director Neil Bettles
Composer Frank Moon
Casting Director Ginny Schiller CDG
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