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Private Peaceful By Michael Morpurgo (Scamp Theatre)

By | Published on Monday 22 August 2011

This beautifully poignant adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s well-loved children’s book is an absolute joy to watch on stage. The child’s take on love, death and war are captured perfectly by Finn Hanlon, who cleverly switches from character to character while still holding the attention of every child in the room. It is testament to the production that despite the audible hustle and bustle surrounding the Udderbelly (and a couple of phones going off during the performance), Hanlon, whose acting is flawless, is able to maintain the intense atmosphere throughout. As is always the case, ardent fans of the book could leave slightly disappointed, but on the whole this is an essential heart-wrenching play for all the family.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 6 – 29 Aug (not 15), 2.20pm (3.35pm), £11.00 – £12.00, fpp289
tw rating 4/5