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Private Peaceful (Scamp Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 16 August 2018

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, ‘Private Peaceful’ tells the story of Tommo Peaceful, first recounting his rural childhood with his beloved older brother Charlie and their friend Molly, before exploring the two brothers’ experiences of fighting in the First World War. The first part is joyful and sweet; however, when the action moves to the trenches, it loses some of its emotional connection. Andy Daniel gives an extraordinary, tireless performance in the role of Tommo, yet still I struggle to be moved by the end of the play. Learning about the experiences of those who fought in the war is important, but this production doesn’t really offer anything new – it feels like stomping over old ground.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Marni Appleton]