Thursday, 17 June 2021

Production is a fitting way to remember the fallen

Review: YOU probably know about the ‘Your Country Needs You’ Kitchener recruiting drive in the First World War, set up to recruit battalions of local lads and hey presto, a stronger ‘all for one and one for all’ fighting spirit.

Such was the fate of the Accrington Pals — 720 signed up, 584 killed or wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The women left to grieve at home in Accrington are the mouthpiece playwright Peter Whelan uses in his 1981 play, The Accrington Pals.

What more fitting play for the Henley Players to offer us in this 100th anniversary year of the start of the First World War? And a very creative production it is: well performed, well directed, exciting use of contemporary techniques such as powerful projected backdrops rather than more conventional scenery, a grim and gloomy set, attention to detail with props and uniforms.

The deafening sound effects of battle are chilling and well used but could have been longer to torture the audience more.

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