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.
“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.
Reviews“The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are bound up together in this magnificent one-man show” *****
“An infinitely touching, intensely acted account of a young First World War Soldier’s final day” *****
“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”
- Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
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- Time Period: 1910s / WWI
- Duration: 75 Minutes
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)