First Look: Private Peaceful at The Barn Theatre

Private Peaceful at The Barn Theatre
Emily Costello as Private Tommo and James Demaine as Charlie in Private Peaceful, credit Eve Dunlop

Production photos have been released for BoxLess Theatre, the Barn Theatre and Take Two Theatricals’ production of Private Peaceful. The production, which marked the first live indoor performances since March at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester, runs until 27 September.

Based on the modern classic by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, The Butterfly Lion), Private Peaceful tells the story of Tommo Peaceful as he reflects upon the events that made him the person he is now, from first love to fighting on the battlefield alongside his brother. The intimate production, which is set against the backdrop of the First World War, has transferred into the main theatre space following its sell-out run at the theatre’s first outdoor theatre festival. BarnFest.

Michael Morpurgo, the internationally best-selling author of Private Peaceful and long-time supporter of the Barn Theatre, visited the production during its run at the Barn Theatre’s outdoor theatre festival BarnFest for an exclusive post-show Q&A and gave his seal of approval saying, “It was extraordinary, very moving and utterly committed. It didn’t feel like a play at all. It felt like they were telling a story that they really cared about. Really great acting, top notch”.

Private Peaceful is performed by Emily Costello and James Demaine and directed by Alexander Knott with Zöe Grain as associate director and movement director, sound design by Harry Smith (Henry V, Daddy Long Legs) and lighting design by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner (Henry V, Just So).

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