Peter Whelan’s drama The Accrington Pals is different to the usual plays surrounding the First World War.
His writing focuses more on the impact the war had on the lives of the women left behind, as the men went to battle. Anonymous Players were joined by Blackpool Brass Band who played very well, and came on in Act Two to rousing applause and requests for ‘more’ from the almost 200-strong opening night audience.
Unfortunately, there were a few issues with sound; the band and sound effects drowning out the dialogue in some parts. There was some effort to resolve this, however, the cast could have benefited from individual microphones.
Bernadette Scully gave a confident performance as Eva and sang beautifully. She was well matched by Ciaran Hay as her cheeky lover, Ralph.
Gillian Gregson as the feisty Sarah stole the show, making the most of her comedic lines. There were also strong performances from Ian Edmundson (Sergeant Major Rivers) and from Chris Slack (Arthur). Both had excellent characterisation and good diction.
The play was ably directed by Di Prutton, with a split set used effectively.
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