Northampton’s autumn at The Core includes Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful

Northampton’s autumn at The Core includes Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful

Friday, 25 July 2014

After the stage premiere of Pat Barker’s Regeneration in September, Northampton audiences will have a second autumn helping of drama commemorating the centenary of the First World War in another literary adaptation.

Private Peaceful, Scamp TheatreScamp Theatre’s staging of Michael Morpurgo’s 2003 children’s novel Private Peaceful visits The Core at Corby Cube in Northampton 20-21 October 2014. The former Children’s Laureate’s other stage-to-page hits include yet another World War One story, War Horse, still running in the West End.

Private Peaceful tells the story of Tommo, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he relives his short but vivid past: his terrifying first day at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; late-night poaching with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that have brought him to the front line.

The novel was inspired by a visit to Ypres where Morpurgo was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

The one-man stage play is adapted and directed by Simon Reade, who premiered it in 2004 at Bristol Old Vic, where he was then artistic director. The Scamp Theatre production has since toured the UK extensively, played the Edinburgh festival four times, had London seasons at Soho Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. It received its West End premiere at the Theatre Royal Haymarket last year.

Other theatre highlights in The Core at Corby Cube’s autumn season, announced this week, including two-time Fringe First winners Analogue’s new show Stowaway, and especially for children, Wriggle Dance’s Once in a Blue Moon, Fevered Sleep’s Dusk and Christmas show Dear Santa.

For details of The Core’s full autumn season, visit www.thecorecorby.com.

Regeneration is co-production between The Touring Consortium and Northampton, Royal & Derngate, one of the Consortium’s nine member venues. It opens at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where it runs from 29 August to 20 September 2014. It then tours to York, Edinburgh, Bradford, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Richmond, Wolverhampton, Darlington and Blackpool where it concludes on 29 November.

Regeneration premiered on 2 September 2014 (previews from 29 August) at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where it continues until 20 September 2014. It then tours to York, Edinburgh, Bradford, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Richmond, Wolverhampton, Darlington and Blackpool where it concludes on 29 November.