Tommo and Charlie Peaceful are Devonshire brothers joined at the hip. They do everything together and in the end they sign up together as well, and try to protect one another in the dark of the trenches at the Front Line. The story is told from Tommo's perspective, recounting his life as he waits for a dawn firing squad. Love and loss are explored in this beautiful account of the First World War and its unforgettable injustices. "Maybe," says Tommo of Charlie, "I just didn't want him to have this adventure without me."
From page to stage...
The one-man version of Private Peaceful toured internationally and has since been turned into a blockbuster movie. Now the National Youth Theatre bring the rarely performed ensemble script to the Ambassadors Theatre, with a cast of fifteen. It's accompanied by traditional music and song.
Private Peaceful contributed to the government's decision in 2006 to posthumously pardon soldiers who were court-martialled during the war. It's an incredibly important story told elegantly. And with a war that wiped out a generation of young people, it seems fitting that young actors and creatives are the ones who bring it to life.
|What||Private Peaceful, Ambassadors Theatre|
|Where||Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
24 Sep 14 – 21 Nov 14, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via National Theatre|