Private Peaceful is anything but
Horrors of war pack a punch in this Morpurgo adaptation
Plays and books aimed at younger or older children always present a challenge; level of maturity vary as do the lasting effects of a particularly good piece of theatre.
This is certainly the case with Michael “War Horse” Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful; there were plenty of under-10s in the audience but I wouldn’t have been comfortable with my nine-year-old witnessing this compelling and devastating story of young men in the trenches of World War One.
See here for my review in The Stage. Reproduced with permission.
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