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☰ Year 6 Enjoy Captivating Performance of ‘Private Peaceful’

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Year 6 Enjoy Captivating Performance of ‘Private Peaceful’

Posted on: 09 May 2014 by Weston Green School | Category: Year 6

Year 6 Enjoy Captivating Performance of ‘Private Peaceful’

On Thursday 3 April, Year 6 were entertained and captivated for two hours by a young actor who played the role of Private Peaceful, on stage at Richmond Theatre.

To commemorate the centenary of the Great War, we have been studying Michael Morpurgo’s novel, Private Peaceful. Since listening to it on BBC School Radio, we have been very keen to see the drama come to life on stage.

Richmond Theatre was impressively grand with a high sculpted ceiling- a perfect setting for such a powerful play! We were very surprised to see there was only one actor in the whole show. It was a pleasant change to see such a simple set and hardly any props. The lighting and sound engineers did a marvellous job convincing us that we were actually in the battlefield with the private. The actor’s accent sounded very similar to the voice we had been listening to on the BBC version. We were very impressed that one person could remember all those lines!

The play was slightly different to the original story. Without wishing to spoil the ending for any of you who have not had the chance to see this truly fantastic play, there was a surprising twist in the final scene. If you get the chance, try to experience the stark and memorable monologue of Private Peaceful- we all thoroughly recommend it!

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