From the author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo's award-winning book, Private Peaceful is adapted for the stage by Simon Reade.
Private Peaceful is a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by those involved in World War I. The story charts the life of a young soldier, Tommo Peaceful, a private played by Shane O’Regan in this new Irish production of the play, who faces the firing squad for cowardice.
As Tommo sits in his cell awaiting for sunrise he thinks back to some of his fondest memories and reflects on the events that made him the person he is today. Tommo recounts the fact that he and his elder brother Charlie have always done everything together. He recalls memories from their schooldays together, facing personal problems together, sleeping and eating together; they even fell in love with the same girl. But now they have to face the many facets of war together. Can a bond of loyalty between two brothers overcome the brutality of the front lines and bring them safely home? When the lines of heroism and cowardice collide, what can one man, or even a brother do, to fight the injustices of it all?
The play highlights the dreadful horrors of war while celebrating the joyfulness of life, both which are clearly bound together in this not-to-be-missed, magnificent one-man theatre production.
Shane’s talents have seen him taking the role of Shaggy Callaghan in Conall Morrison’s Borstal Boy and most recently he played the lead role of Mark Renton in Reality:Check Productions critically acclaimed run of the stage adaptation of Trainspotting.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND THE adaptor
Michael Morpurgo is a renowned writer of recent times who has penned award winning books like ‘War Horse’, ‘The Lion Butterfly’ and ‘Private Peaceful’. This prolific writer has inked numerous books which were well acclaimed by readers and critics alike. He was an acquaintance of renowned poet Ted Hughes and under his guidance he pursued his career as a writer. These two writers, Hughes and Morpurgo, were the ones who came up with the idea of the ‘Children’s Laureate’. Michael Morpurgo was the third Briton to be awarded with this honor.
Simon Reade’s plays for theatre include: Pride & Prejudice (Theatre Royal Bath, 2009); Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children (2003), Ted Hughes's Tales from Ovid (both with Tim Supple, 1999) and Epitaph for the Official Secrets Act (with Paul Greengrass, 2009) all for the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was Literary Manager and Dramaturg; Geraldine McCaughrean's Not the End of the World (2007), Jill Tomlinson's The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (2003) and Philip Pullman's Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp (with Aletta Collins, 2005) all for Bristol Old Vic, where he was Artistic Director; and Philip Pullman's The Scarecrow and His Servant (Poonamallee Productions/Southwark Playhouse, 2008). Simon's adaptations of Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful (2008), The Mozart Question (2008) and Toro! Toro! (2010) have been seen on tour throughout the UK, Sweden and North America. His books include a history of the international touring company Cheek by Jowl and Dear Mr Shakespeare: Letters to a Jobbing Playwright.