Private Peaceful (One actor version)

by  Michael Morpurgo, Simon Reade

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m

Michael Morpurgo's moving story of a young soldier, killed by firing squad in the First World War.

This adaptation is for one actor - a version for ensemble casts is also available.

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Private Peaceful (One actor version)

by  Michael Morpurgo Simon Reade

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  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature), Docudrama/Historic

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“I’ve had nearly eighteen years of yesterdays and tomorrows,and tonight I must remember as many of them as I can.Tonight, more than any other night of my life, I want to feel alive!”

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

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“The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are bound up together in this magnificent one-man show” *****
The Scotsman 
“An infinitely touching, intensely acted account of a young First World War Soldier’s final day” *****
Sunday Express

 “As moving as the poetry of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel…" *****
The Sunday Herald

“Morpurgo’s magic, a masterly adaptation by Simon Reade .... This is one hour of your own life you will never forget”
Daily Mail 


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  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)


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