Junior Play: Private Peaceful is a Huge Success

Last week our sensational Junior Drama students took to the stage for their moving and thought-provoking performance of Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful

In the play, the Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, have a tough rural childhood facing the death of their father, financial hardship and a cruel landlord. Their fierce loyalty to each other pulls them through, until one day they both fall for the same girl. And then the Great War comes.

We join 18-year-old Private Tommo Peaceful in the trenches as he tells us a story of courage, devotion and sibling rivalry on what may be his last night on earth. Private Peaceful was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and won both the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award. Acknowledged by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) as his favourite work, the play tells the story of a country lad fighting a war he doesn’t understand for people he cannot respect.

Scroll through our photos that capture some of the more significant themes of the play; loss, family, the injustice of war, and courage. Congratulations to all our pupils and staff who worked so hard to bring this important story to life.