Production brings the reality of The Great War into school

Students at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have recently had opportunity to watch and hear about the life of a First World War soldier when they were visited by musician, playwright and performer Peter Gill who bought his solo performance ‘Meet Tommy Atkins’ to the school’s stage.

The production allowed the Year 8, and Year 10 GCSE History, students in the audience to follow the story of Tommy Atkins, a reservist, who is immediately called up to serve his country when, on August 4th 1914, war is declared between Britain and Germany. Within weeks Tommy sees his first action in the fields of France and subsequently experiences the full scale of life in the Western Front trenches of the First World War. During the hour long production the students saw the horror, the pain, the misery, the boredom and even the moments of joy witnessed by Tommy during his wartime experiences.

The play was written in 2014 by playwright, and actor, Peter Gill to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of The First World War. Since then the show has received a generous educational grant and has been performed at theatres and schools around the UK.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “This wonderful performance has given our students a valuable insight into the life of a Great War soldier. Our students learn about the First World War in their history lessons and seeing this performance has really brought this piece of history to life.”

For further information, or to arrange a photo opportunity please contact Theresa Bale, Headteacher’s PA on 01788 542355 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.