The Little Theatre’s October production brings together two important anniversaries – it is 90 years since they were launched as a society and it is the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.
They’re marking the latter with a production of Peter Whelan’s powerful drama, The Accrington Pals.
The play revolves around the imminent departure to France of the young men of Accrington who had responded to Kitchener’s call for a ‘New Model Army’ and had formed a ‘Pals Volunteer Army.’ Their journey concluded with the brutal realities of trench warfare at the Somme. However, the plays real focus is the story of the women they left behind and how they carried on with the daily demands of life, whilst coping with the grief of separation and loss.
Yvonne Collins and Gilly Walker are collaborating in the production and are making their debuts as directors with the company.
The play requires a cast of five women, (aged from 18 to 40) four men (aged from 18 to late 40s) and a young boy aged about 14.
If you are interested, whether for acting parts or working backstage, Yvonne and Gilly are pleased to invite you to a read-through on Sunday, June 1,at 7.30pm at the Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.