Thursday, 17 June 2021

Plays, poetry and song commemorate our fallen heroes

Plays, poetry and song commemorate our fallen heroes
AS November approaches and thoughout this 100th anniversary year, theatres have played host to shows which pay tribute to those killed during the Great War, writes Beka Sharrock.

These productions are a lasting legacy of war time and keep the stories of the soldiers alive for those of us who live peaceful lives today, thanks to their sacrifice.

Michael Morpurgo’s book Private Peaceful has been adapted for the stage and tells the story of a soldier nervously awaiting a dawn firing squad. Private Tommo Peaceful reminisces on his short life, remembering his joyful childhood spent in rural Devon, his family and the love of his life Molly.

He considers the battles and the injustices of war and the frontline which brought him to face the firing squad.

Morpurgo took his inspiration for the novel from an eye-opening trip to Ypres, Belgium. The author was shocked to discover the numbers of young soldiers who were court-martialled and then shot for cowardice during the conflict.

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