Private Peaceful : A Play For A Small Ensemble

Private Peaceful : A Play For A Small Ensemble

by: Michael Morpurgo, Simon Reade

by: Michael Morpurgo, Simon Reade

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Private Peaceful : A Play For A Small Ensemble

Private Peaceful : A Play For A Small Ensemble

by: Michael Morpurgo, Simon Reade

by: Michael Morpurgo, Simon Reade

Overview

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.
 
The play tells the story of a country lad fighting a war he doesn’t understand for people he cannot respect. 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 the Blue Peter Book Award and is acknowledged by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, The Butterfly Lion) to be his favourite work. This small ensemble version by Simon Reade was commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse.

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Authors

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo began writing stories in the early ’70s, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent. One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003. He haswritten over one hundred and thirty books, inc ...

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Simon Reade

Simon Reade has previously adapted Private Peacefulas an internationally touring award-winning one-man show, for schools and youth theatres, for BBC Radio 4, and as a feature film starring George Mackay and Jack O’Connell. His other Morpurgo adaptations include An Elephant in the Garden, Toro! Toro!, Twist of Goldand T ...

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