Theatre Preview: Private Peaceful, 19 February, Brunton Theatre, Mussleburgh

16 Feb

Private Peaceful, based on the award winning novel by third Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo and presented by Scamp Theatre Company, will be at Brunton Theatre for one night only on Thursday 19 February.

It tells the story of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier who is awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short by joyful past growing up in 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.

The inspiration for the book, which won the Blue Peter Book of the Year award, came from Morpurgo’s visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialed and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

It has been adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, Artistic Director at Bristol Old Vic. Its 2009 tour follows two successful UK tours, including two sell-out seasons at Bristol Old Vic, and sell-out West End runs.

Full details are up now on the Brunton Theatre website.

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