Lincolnshire actor James Tanton is set to star in the one-man production of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful when it hits the stage next month.
Winner of the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ award, this play is adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and follows 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 and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.
James Tanton spent some of his childhood growing up in Grantham. He has previously worked on the Horrible Histories stage show.
Ahead of next month’s production, he said: “The range of emotions that I go through in one and a half hours is like living in fast forward mode – exhausting! For example, I relive my exciting first days at school, my adventures with Molly – the love of my life, the accident in the forest that killed my father, the battles and injustices of war that brought me to the front line, and then, of course, what I must face.
“I feel so fortunate that I have been given this opportunity so early in my career. I am determined to give it my all. During my background research on this period in time, I discovered the amazing stories of young soldiers from the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment in the first world war.
“This has given me a wealth of inspiration for the play. It was truly shocking to learn how old some of these soldiers were, some as young as 14.”
The play is produced by the National Production Company and directed by the award-nominated director Andrew Alton.
The production, which takes place the New Theatre Royal Lincoln on Saturday 5 October, is recommended for anyone over the age of 8.