Private Peaceful Day

A WW1 Tommy looks out of the trenches. The text announces Private Peaceful Day

Private Peaceful Day will respectfully support the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI in 2014.

Michael Morpurgo's moving and seminal book is also a film, a one man play and a schools play, a radio play and an a capella concert with Michael Morpurgo featuring Coope, Boyes & Simpson. During 2014 audiences will be able to see and hear and read Private Peaceful; Michael's requiem for the 306 men shot for cowardice and other misdemeanours during the war.

The film will be re-launched on 31 March 2014 in a minimum of 80 Picturehouse, Cineworld & independent cinemas across the UK, with a strong focus on schools and libraries. Michael Morpurgo will launch the day with a Q&A about Private Peaceful that will be beamed live by satellite to the participating cinemas.

Simon Reade's remarkable one man show is also on tour.

We are partnering with the National Literacy Trust, Cityread London and HarperCollins as well as local authorities and state and private schools.

Private Peaceful Day will coincide with the book being part of Cityread London. Every April, Cityread unites Londoners by inviting them to pick up the same book, and start reading together.

The initial cinema re-launch will then be followed by a special cross-curricula schools pack written by the NLT (with HarperCollins) that will go to all 28,000 schools in the UK.

We will be inviting people to add to our Facebook page details of performances, both professional and amateur, along with photos and booking information, reviews and blogs of those involved as well as opportunities for the public to add their thoughts about the 306 men who were executed.

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Private Peaceful Day
3 Etsome Hill Cottages
TA11 6JD




01458 270957

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