"PRIVATE PEACEFUL" - OUR JUNE 2021 PRODUCTION
The talented Tim Robinson is delighted to have been invited to direct this wonderful play, which is sure to be a success with our audiences, even if you have to wait a year! Tim comments:
"In June 2021, LTC will perform Simon Reade’s play adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, "Private Peaceful". I remember reading lots of Michael Morpurgo novels as a child; the stories of "Kensuke’s Kingdom", "The Butterfly Lion" and "War Horse" have stayed with me, but "Private Peaceful" remained the most vivid over time.
Morpurgo tells us that the story was inspired by a visit to Ypres In Belgium, where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.
It’s a moving story, spoken by Private Tommo Peaceful, reliving memories of a countryside childhood: his first few days at school, his adventures with his brothers, his growing friendship with Molly, working at the farm with Charlie, and the day a Recruiting Army Officer visited the village. It’s a story that focuses on friendship, family, love and loss. It portrays the senselessness of war and the significance of companionship.
For me, "Private Peaceful" is a wonderful story to be told on stage. It’s one of those plays that I’ve always wanted to be a part of, so I’m delighted that we’ve managed to get the performance rights. I‘m really looking forward to directing this show and working with our cast and crew, and I hope you’re looking forward to experiencing it for yourselves with LTC next June."