Private Peaceful was a moving and gripping story from start to finish.

As a fan of Michael Morpurgo I was keen to see how the story had been adapted to play out on the theatre stage, and the result was wonderful.

It is set against the backdrop of the First World War and follows the story of brothers Tommo and Charlie from their lives in rural Devon to the trenches in France.

The set was fantastic, seemlessly switching to transport audiences from a countryside setting to the battlefields of the frontline in France.

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Daniel Boyd, who played older brother Charlie, and Daniel Rainford as Thomas 'Tommo' Peaceful both put in excellent performances that kept you gripped throughout and captured the brotherly bond the characters shared.

The play charts moments from their childhood, mixing the happier moments with the sadder times endured by the family, as well as the growing pressure put on Tommo and Charlie's relationship when they fall in love with the same girl, Molly, who is played by Liyah Summers.

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Liyah Summers, John Dougall, Robert Ewen, Abigail Hood and Tom Kanji, who played multiple characters also shone on stage bringing to life all these different characters with ease.

The direction by Elle While was also superb. A standout scene for me was the battle scene of the soldiers firing their guns which was visually impressive to watch and captured the fast-paced nature of war.

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The new stage adaptation is on a national tour which is currently at Salisbury Playhouse until tomorrow (Saturday April 30).