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The Accrington Pals

A Boaty Theatre Company outdoor performance to coincide with the 10 year celebration of National Armed Forces Day in the 100th anniversary year since the end of World War 1.

Event details

23 June 2018 to 24 June 2018

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

Shropshire Union Canal


National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

A moving and hard-hitting play, set in Accrington during the first few years of the WW1, that was first presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1981.

The Accrington Pals follows the story of the innocent and enthusiastic men who volunteered their services to their country after Kitchener's call for a New Army. Their experiences of life on the Western Front are contrasted with the lives of the women left behind in Accrington; women who have had to band together in the face of the financial and social changes that accompanied the sudden mass-absence of several generations of local men.

An emotional rollercoaster of a play that offers a glimpse at the lives of those who answered Kitchener’s call and those they left behind.

"These mothers, wives, daughters and lovers of the Pals didn’t knuckle under sheepishly to authority in the way I had supposed." – Peter Whelan (1982)

As this is an outdoor production, please check the weather forecast and come suitably prepared, whether that means sun cream, waterproofs and jumpers.

Times and prices to be confirmed.


The Accrington Pals