“Pitched to perfection for a young audience… The glory of Morpurgo is that [he reconnects] us with our past. He simply opens our hearts to feeling.” —Daily Telegraph
“A haunting indictment of war’s stupidity and waste” —The Times
“The sheer restrained power of Morpurgo’s writing keeps you gripped.” —Guardian
“…a balanced, considered, well-structured piece of theatre, impeccably performed and beautifully committed.” —The Public Reviews
“…a truly special piece of theatre, and from the standing ovation at the end - it looks like I’m not alone in my thinking.” —Broadway World
Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by the third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, award-winning author of War Horse. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialed and shot for cowardice during the First World War.
This edition also includes introductory essays by Michael Morpurgo as well as an essay from Simon Reade, adaptor & director of this stage adaptation of Private Peaceful.
Simon Reade is a dramatist, director and producer. He has been Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic and Literary Manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company and at London’s Gate Theatre.
Michael Morpurgo OBE, is an English author, poet, playwright and librettist, best known for his work in children’s literature. He was the third Children’s Laureate. He has written over 120 books, and has been published in over 25 languages. His children’s novel War Horse has been adapted for stage where it became a smash-hit success in the UK, before transferring to Broadway and Toronto. War Horse has also been adapted for screen, directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 2012.