About the show

This new one-man play, adapted from the young adult novel by Michael  Morpurgo ('War Horse'), offers a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by the soldiers in World War I.

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The story follows the life of a young soldier, Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful, facing the firing squad for cowardice. As Tommo sits in his cell awaiting sunrise, he thinks back on the events that made him the person he is today. When the lines of heroism and cowardice collide, what can one man or even a brother do to fight the injustices of it all? The play highlights the dreadful horrors of war while celebrating the joyfulness of life.

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for a previous production "'Private Peaceful' still retains a sucker punch sting in its tail, and more than compensates for a lack of grit with some old, English countryside charm and generous lashings of nostalgia...Under Reade’s direction, O’Regan delivers a simply superb performance, wonderfully restrained...With its dramatic, thematic, and theatrical integrity, 'Private Peaceful' delivers a delightfully engaging production, one built around an astoundingly wonderful solo performance." Full Review


for a previous production "The insanity of war has been captured with bleak, quivering intensity...Morpurgo paints a livid portrait of a living hell, and the defiant ability to hold on to shreds of humanity even when mindless brutality seems the sensible option...With O'Regan superbly vulnerable and touching as Tommo. It's a powerhouse performance that requires as much technique as it does emotional talent...It should not be missed." Full Review

No More Workhorse

for a previous production "Features only one cast member, with O’Regan playing all 24 characters. He changes quickly between innocent children and old hags, and everything in between...The story is quite a simple, straightforward one...It is a very impressive performance, one which shows endurance and great versatility by O’Regan. It is extremely difficult to command an audience’s attention for that length of time, but his energy level never dips as he tells the story through a wide range of characters." Full Review


for a previous production "This play is a classic story and O’Regan engulfs the stage to deliver his passionate performance...O’Regan slips into all of these roles with incredible ease...He proves himself as a talented shapeshifter, and a well accomplished character actor...The second half meandered. Simon Reade, as both writer and director could have tightened the flow of the progression of war. But there were some moving scenes...This play would be a great one for families." Full Review