Private Peaceful

"Tonight, more than any other night of my life, I want to feel alive…"

As young Thomas Peaceful looks back over his childhood from the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside.

He remembers his big brother Charlie and his first day of school. He remembers the death of his father that still haunts his sleep. He remembers his caring and hardworking Mother, who always knows best. He remembers his brother Joe, who some call simple, but who to Tommo is very special. He remembers Molly, the love of his life, and how Charlie somehow took her away from him.

As the World turns to War, he has to grow up fast. Together Charlie and Tommo enlist and are sent to France. Bullets, bombs, death. Shells, noise, dirt. Disease, rats, stench. Charlie and Tommo fight for their lives and to stay together - facing certain death in the face every time they try to advance the British lines.

The clock is ticking, and every moment Tommo spends remembering how things used to be means another moment closer to something that will change his life forever.

Scene Change has built a strong reputation for performing newly written adaptations of children’s novels including David Almond’s Clay, Michael Morpurgo’s The War of Jenkins’ Ear, A Severed Hand and Other Tales by Wilhelm Hauff and last year’s sell-out, Five Children and It.


Presented by The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre: Scene Change

By Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Simon Reade
Directed by Lucy Betts


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