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Private Peaceful – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor and director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War has led to a feeding frenzy of creative projects. Here, West Yorkshire Playhouse offers a short work based on Michael “War Horse” Morpurgo’s 2003 book for children, which was Blue Peter Book of the Year. Simon Reade is responsible ...

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Private Peaceful – Theatre Royal, Winchester

Director and adaptation: Simon Reade Original Book: Michael Morpurgo Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Writing a performance for children about the atrocities and complexities of the First World War is a difficult task. Many may think that the subject matter is something to shy away from the delicate ears of children, but acknowledge that to neglect educating the next generation about our ...

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Private Peaceful – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptation: Simon Reade Director: Simon Reade “Tonight, I want to believe there’s a heaven, that there’s a life after death, like father said. That death is not a full stop.” Scamp Theatre’s production of Private Peaceful is already a well-established piece of theatre. Its flyer – justifiably boastful – is adorned with five-star reviews. They aren’t undeserved. ...

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Private Peaceful – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director/Adapter: Simon Reade Reviewer: James Garrington In this centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, it is inevitable that there will be a raft of shows commemorating the event. Private Peaceful is one such play. It is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, a man who has written a huge number of children’s stories, ...

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Private Peaceful – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Michael Morpurgo (adapted by Simon Reade) Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Alice McGuigan The silhouette of a soldier crosses the dim-lit stage of no-man’s land. Arriving at a thin, wiry bed, he strips off his uniform to reveal a young boy in braces, sounding a cheerful West Country accent. Based on the children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo, Private Peaceful is ...

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