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by Simon Reade
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo
11th November 2018 will mark the Centenary of the Armistice. On this significant anniversary, Bolton Little Theatre presents a bittersweet drama, adapted by Simon Reade from the acclaimed novel by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse).
Private “Tommo” Peaceful, a young Devon lad, is inspired by older brother Charlie – and by the fear of otherwise seeming a coward – to join the army in France and fight for his country. On a single night in 1916 Tommo, having disobeyed the command of his Captain, counts the hours until dawn, when he will face the firing squad and pay the ultimate price for his “cowardice”. Knowing that this night will be his last, Tommo stays awake, remembering the days of his youth in the fields of Devon, which he knows he will never return to.
Private Peaceful will prefaced on the night by General Slaughter, a melody of World War One songs and poetry compiled by Peter Scofield and performed by the cast.
Please note Sunday's performance is a 2pm matinee.