Harrowing account of life on the front line
TO MARK the centenary of the First World War, the celebrated stage production of a story by a popular children’s author will be take to the stage.
Private Peaceful, by Michael Morpurgo, will be at the Court Theatre in Tring, on Saturday, September 27.
The story tells the tale 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 happy 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.
Michael Morpurgo’s inspiration for Private Peaceful came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.
The book was published in 2003 and adapted for the stage by Simon Reade in 2004. Since 2005, the stage version has played at the Edinburgh Festival, the West End, and tours to great acclaim. A film version was released in 2012. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £13. Call 07543 50478. For more details visit www. courttheatre.co.uk.