Pals who joined up - and those left behind

The cast of Accrington Pals - which is being staged by Hebden Bridge Little Theatre - pictured by Bruce Cutts
The cast of Accrington Pals - which is being staged by Hebden Bridge Little Theatre - pictured by Bruce Cutts
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Hebden Bridge Little Theatre is marking the centenary of the outbreak of WWI with a production of Peter Whelan’s powerful drama ‘The Accrington Pals’.

As the play starts the young men of Accrington sign up in response to Kitchener’s call to form a ‘Pals’ Regiment’. With growing excitement they encourage each other to join up and march jauntily away - entirely oblivious to the horrors and suffering that lies ahead on the battlefields of the Somme.
 However the play is not just about the men fighting at the front - it also shows the colourful life of ordinary people in a close-knit community that is split apart by war. Social and sexual values are challenged as the women are left to fill the gaps in the workplace left by the absent men and to adjust to their emotional losses.

Gilly Walker is making her debut as director at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre when the play is staged from October 6 to 11 at 7.30pm. She said: “It’s exciting working with so many new faces and it bodes well for the future of the theatre.”

The cast includes Rachel Doyle-Richards, Tom Benedict, Daniel and Joe Pardoe, Jenny Owen, Layla Davis and Megan Gault. Tickets are available from 01422 843907 or from Innovation in Hebden Bridge.