Collins Drama – Private Peaceful

A stunning adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s elegaic novel of the First World War.

As young Thomas Peaceful looks back over his childhood from the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside.

But the clock is ticking, and every moment that Tommo spends remembering how things used to be, means another moment closer to something that will change his life forever.

Adapted for schools by Simon Reade from Michael Morpurgo’s poignant and deeply moving novel of the First World War, the play is ideal for use in the classroom and the drama studio. The extensive resource section provides many opportunities for drama, discussion, wider reading and writing.

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Edinburgh Fringe – Private Peaceful

About the show: ‘Private Peaceful at the theatre is a moving experience that not only tells the story of a young soldier’s final day in World War One, but perhaps more importantly conveys the strength of human spirit’ (Michael Morpurgo). ‘The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are… Read More

Michael at the memorial of Thomas Samuel Henry Peacefull

Michael Morpurgo’s novel Private Peaceful was partly inspired by the memorial of a young soldier that he saw in the Bedford House Cemetery in Ypres, Flanders.  A few years after the book first published, Maxine Keeble  was researching her family tree and thought that there might be a connection. She… Read More

Private Peaceful | Pick Me Up Theatre

From 14 – 18 March 2017 a one-man stage adaptation of Private Peaceful will be performed at the John Cooper Studio Theatre, York. Private Peaceful tells the story of a young First World War soldier as he recalls his childhood memories while waiting for dawn on the Western Front. George Stagnell plays… Read More

‘To get some understanding of what it was like to be a soldier in the first world war, younger readers need Michael Morpurgo like no other.’

In the lead up to the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July, Julia Eccleshare of The Guardian has considered just why Michael Morpurgo’s writing is so important in helping children understand the realities of war. ‘…he makes it possible for contemporary children to understand better what… Read More

Reflect on the life of Private Peaceful in the classroom

Join Michael Morpurgo on the 24th of June to teach your class about life in WW1 before the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on July 1st Michael Morpurgo, in partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books, is hosting a real-time digital event on the 24th of June to encourage children… Read More

Private Peaceful to premiere on BBC One

Private Peaceful, an adaptation of Michael’s beloved First World War novel, will air on Sunday 24th January at 11.30pm. The film will follow a screening of War Horse, another film based on Morpurgo’s work, the same weekend. Morpurgo has urged parents and young people to stay up and watch the adaptation,… Read More

Michael Morpurgo named the winner of the TSBA Junior Award 2015 for Private Peaceful

Pupils, librarians and teachers from 10 schools, gathered in the Main Hall at Latymer Upper School, to celebrate the inaugural Trinity Schools Book Awards. Students from 14 of the 22 schools in the Trinity Group of independent schools in the South East took part in the book awards this year. Read More

Private Peaceful Day 31 March 2014

Michael Morpurgo will launch Private Peaceful Day with a live Q&A via satellite following special screenings of the film for schools. 100 cinemas including Picturehouse & Cineworld, will show the film across the UK as part of the Centenary commemorations of WW1. Students will then be able to watch Michael… Read More

Private Peaceful on Tour

Private Peaceful, adapted by Simon Reade, started its UK Tour to high praise. This one-man show relives the life of 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 growing up in… Read More

Private Peaceful is Cityread children’s book

Launching on 31st March 2014, Cityread London will run throughout the entire month of April with events in every London borough. It was conceived to promote reading for pleasure, engage new library users and encourage people to explore and celebrate their city’s history. 2014 will also see, for the first… Read More

Private Peaceful Day launches with schools’ screenings

Michael Morpurgo will launch Private Peaceful Day on March 31 with a live Q&A via satellite following special screenings of the film for schools. In a major screening event for schools, 100 cinemas including Picturehouse & Cineworld, will show the film across the UK as part of the Centenary commemorations… Read More

Cast announced for Private Peaceful stage production!

Cast announced for Private Peaceful! The cast for the new, forthcoming tour of Michael Morpurgo’s hugely popular novel Private Peaceful has been announced! In this one-man show, the leading role of Private Tommo Peaceful will be shared by Paul Chequer and Andy Daniel. Paul has already played the role… Read More

Private Peaceful on the radio

Listen to: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo dramatised by Simon Reade with music by Coope Boyes and Simpson. Saturday 4th Feb, 14:30 on BBC Radio 4 In the First World War over 300 British and Commonwealth soldiers were executed by firing squad, some for desertion and cowardice. Some… Read More

BBC London discuss the Private Peaceful play adaptation

BBC London recently recorded an interview with Louise Callow, the producer of the Private Peaceful play adaptation. It’s still available to stream online, but get moving as there’s only 3 days left to listen. Read More