During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.
This play is suitable for ages 8+, and is a moving and sensitive introduction to the power of theatre to convey the horror of war.
★★★★★ The Scotsman
‘The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are bound up together in this magnificent show.”
★★★★★ Sunday Express
‘An infinitely touching, intensely acted account of a young First World War Soldier’s final day.’
★★★★★ The Sunday Herald
‘As moving as the poetry of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel…’
Tickets £16/£14 concessions
Special rate available for groups from schools.