PRIVATE PEACEFUL – DIGITAL PRODUCTION
The Barn Theatre
A BoxLess Theatre Production
19th April – 2nd May
Running time: Approximately 70 minutes
Age guidance: 9+
WRITTEN BY: Michael Morpurgo
ADAPTED BY: Simon Reade
DIRECTED BY: Alexander Knott
ASSOCIATE DIRECTION/MOVEMENT DIRECTION BY: Zöe Grain
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: James Demaine
SOUND DESIGN BY: Harry Smith
LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner
PERFORMED BY: Emily Costello & James Demaine
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 the countryside: 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.
Based on the modern classic by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, The Butterfly Lion), Private Peaceful tells the story of Tommo Peaceful as he reflects upon the events that made him the person he is now, from first love to fighting on the battlefield alongside his brother.