Har­row­ing ac­count of life on the front line

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ON SHOW -

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.

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