Theatre review: Private Peaceful

Paul Chequer in Private Peaceful Pic: Comp
Paul Chequer in Private Peaceful Pic: Comp
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IT’S 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, and it still draws raw emotion from people today.

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UNDERBELLY, BRISTO SQUARE

Based on the novel by War Horse writer, Michael Morpurgo, Private Peaceful is a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by those involved in the conflict.

Adapted and directed by Simon Reade, the story charts the life of a young soldier, Tommo Peaceful, a private who faces firing squad for cowardice. As he sits in his cell awaiting for sunrise, Tommo, thinks back to some of his fondest memories and reflects on the events that made him the person he is today.

Andy Daniel takes centre stage at the Underbelly’s McEwan Hall and tells us of his first day at school, his first love and being a witness to his father’s death. Daniel makes the story all the more engrossing by adopting childlike mannerisms, then progressively growing into maturity.

Reade’s script might not bring the horrors and injustice of the war physically on stage, however, for a family show, he doesn’t flinch from using the audience’s imagination to his advantage.

Heart-warming, as well as wrenching, it shows that these events should never be forgotten and how life should be cherished.

Until 25 August