The award-winning Ashton Hayes Theatre Club is putting on a production of The Accrington Pals at Tarvin Community Centre next week.
The play, by Peter Whelan, is a powerful drama based on a real-life story during the First World War.
On the eve of 1914 the men of Accrington hear Kitchener’s call for a new army and become the smallest town in England to raise a Pals Volunteer Brigade.
But the brutal reality of the French trenches is far beyond anything they were prepared for.
The play, however, is less about the men than the women they leave behind – mothers, daughters, wives and lovers who struggle to adapt to the new life they have to lead and who find strength in their growing sense of solidarity.
The club has signed up voice coaches from Accrington to help the cast perfect the local dialect.
Performances are on Tuesday, October 8, Thursday 10, Friday 11, and Saturday 12 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 adults, £6 children, from 01829 752394 or 07707830286 or from www.ashtonhayestheatreclub.co.uk .