A forthcoming production of the Accrington Pals by Shropshire Drama Company will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Director, Rosalind Garrard said: “Accrington in Lancashire was a typical English town where a pals regiment was raised and then subsequently and tragically annihilated in the trench horror of the Somme. Although the characters are purely fictitious, the action in The Accrington Pals is based on historical fact and accounts from Peter Whelan’s own family.”

WWI Display

WWI Display

In addition to the play, there will be a small exhibition at Theatre Severn of cast and Shropshire Drama Company members’ relatives’ WW1 stories which was put together by Robert Elliott from the Shrewsbury Visitor Centre. The Royal British Legion will be taking a collection in the theatre foyer during the four nights of the production.