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The Phoenix Players presents

The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan. Directed by Gill Brain.

Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April 2018

At the Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon at 7.30pm.

The Phoenix Players are producing this play to commemorate the centenary of the end of the 1914-18 Great War

The Accrington Pals is a play about this World War – sad, of course, but also lyrical, funny, romantic, political and philosophical.

At one level it tells the tragic story of how the town of Accrington, Lancashire which raised its own battalion for Kitchener's New Army and lost almost all its young men in the battle of the Somme. But, unlike a lot of war plays, there is also the sense of the working class community of Accrington, of the wives and sweethearts left behind, the naivety of the young men who went off gladly to fight for King and country and the anger of the townspeople driven desperate by rumours and over-optimistic reports by the press and politicians. The play embraces love stories, politics, the class system, the position of women and the stupidity of the war.

The Accrington Pals may initially seem like a play about a time in history played out long ago. Dig deeper and you find many issues which still face us today. We hope you come and see for yourself and commemorate the centenary of a war which shaped the futures of all those alive today.

The Accrington Pals is a play of then and also of now.

Please note: This play is not suitable for those under 12 years old. It contains both both industrial/military language and loud sound effects such as gunfire.

Cast:   Backstage:  
May Freya Brain Stage Manager Nigel Margetts
Eva Clare Brown Sound Martin Lawrence
Tom Ben Robinson Lighting Alan Wrixon & Will Thomas
Ralph Colin Jones Props Margaret Price & Colin Wilkins
Sarah Stephanie Trinci Costumes Marlene Poole
Bertha Charlotte Phillips Prompt Abdul Mohammed & others
Arthur Raman Aggarwal    
CSM Rivers Vern Dunkley    
Annie Elly Beint    
Reggie Danny Robins    


Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April 2018

The Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon. SN1 4BJ.

Important: See Tickets below

Ticket Prices: £ 10.00 or £ 9.00 for concessions.          Group Bookings: 1 ticket FREE for every 10 tickets booked.

Please choose from the options below:

1) To book tickets please call Pauline on 07517 698083 or email

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