Fringe audience reaction to Private Peaceful

George Stagnell’s “truly wonderful" one-man performance of Michael  Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful has been attracting sellout audiences, standing ovations and five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe.


Audience reaction has been fantastic – with many Friends of the Fringe coming up to say it’s the best thing they’ve seen this year.

In a five-star review, online Edinburgh magazine the Southside Advertiser said it was an "exceptional performance" by George Stagnell that kept the entire audience engrossed throughout.

Edinburgh Festival Magazine said it was a “stunning example of small-scale theatre in action” and praised the “ingenious use of lighting and sound, not to mention the haunting performance put in by George Stagnell”.

In a five-star review, it said Stagnell skilfully takes charge and is impossible to take your eyes away from”.

Blogger Charlotte Coster – a member of the Network of Independent Critics – said it was a "truly wonderful" performance by the "very talented" Stagnell. She also praised the companion piece Songs From A Shropshire Lad and the "heart-wrenching" performance by Sam Hird. 

Michelle Hill posted on the Fringe website: "By far the best drama we watched at the Fringe this year! Superb acting that held the audience attention from the moment it started to the finish. Every scene and many characters portrayed by one brilliant young actor – George Stagnell. Miss it at your peril!!"

Jay Cundell Walker posted on the Fringe website: “Fantastic show. What a tour de force by the young actor whose energetic performance was totally engaging. Don't miss this one, it's ***** from me”

Luise C wrote: "A very moving and powerful one man piece of theatre. Well done to the young actor who played the different parts so well. Highly recommended."

Izzy Bayley-Kine tweeted: "Storytelling at its most essential👍"


And Jim Robson said: "Quite the best piece of drama I have seen for years. Beautifully presented. Powerfully portrayed. "


Here are some of the other things people have been saying about Pick Me Up's Private Peaceful on social media:

14-26 August 2017

21-26 August 2017

Get your tickets now from the venue box office at theSpace on Niddry Street or from the Fringe Box Office.