Scamp Theatre’s production of Private Peaceful is a moving, poignant and extremely-well acted one-man piece, examining the appalling injustices and desperate futility of those in the front lines of the First World War.
In an excellent performance, young actor Finn Hanlon brings Private Peaceful to life, in a well-paced and realistic script by Michael Morpurgo. Through Hanlon’s reminisces and excellent portrayal of a young man swept away by patriotism and idolism of his older brother, we follow Peaceful through the memories of his short life and the atrocities he witnesses and is forced to commit in name of king & country.
A simple set with effective lighting allows Hanlon the full use of the stage, and his boyish mannerisms and speech are spot on, reminding us how young and naively brave so many of the enlisted and fallen in the Great War actually were.
As the piece ticks relentlessly towards its final scene, Private Peaceful is a journey down well-trodden territory, but one which – through the personal perspective of its protagonist – is one of the most moving yet.
Private Peaceful runs until August 31st at the Udderbelly. £11 (£9 concession)