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Edith's Wartime Scrapbook - Script and Score Booklet + Audio CD

Script, Score Booklet + CD


Edith's Wartime Scrapbook - Script and Score Booklet + Audio CD


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By Mick Riddell
All year round musical for 7-11 years
Running time 60 minutes approx.
Format : Script and Score Booklet + Audio CD

Content details

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Whilst moving out of the house in which she has lived for 80 years, Edith Coleman discovers an old scrapbook from her childhood. The turn of every page rekindles memories of a time when war affected every aspect of her daily life. But despite the perils of the Blitz, evacuation, rations and bossy ARP wardens, we learn of how families and communities cared for and supported each other, found comfort and humour in their unusual circumstances, and ultimately triumphed in the face of adversity.

Whether you are looking for a rousing school musical to swell the hearts of your cast and audience, or a comprehensive curriculum resource that educates and entertains, ‘Edith’s Wartime Scrapbook’ is all you could wish for, and more!

Plot summary

Whilst moving out of the house in which she has lived for 80 years, Edith Coleman discovers an old scrapbook from her childhood. The turn of every page rekindles memories of a time when war affected every aspect of her daily life, and these memories are eagerly recounted to the removal people helping her, and to us the audience. (song – Wartime Memories)

Firstly, we find ourselves in the front room of the same house, but at the outbreak of the Second World War. The Coleman family discusses the fact that, although war has been declared, nothing much seems to be actually happening! The only real use that Fred (Edith’s scamp of a younger brother) can find for his gas mask is to make rude noises with it! (song – This Phoney War) However, as the days and weeks progress, Fred and Alice (Edith’s younger sister) find themselves at the train station, bidding an emotional farewell to their family as, along with lots of other children, they are evacuated. (song – Journey On A Train) Edith’s older brother, Sidney, will also be catching a train. He, however, will be travelling abroad to fight for his country, much to the worry of his parents.

The Blitz has ended the phoney war with a bang! As ARP wardens patrol (song – Put That Light Out), local residents gather in the air-raid shelters. We hear of how rationing and those dreaded powdered eggs are the blight of their lives, but also how everyone is pulling together and literally digging for victory! (song – Keep Our Spirits Flying) Women are flocking to the factories and onto the land to keep the nation armed and fed (song – Women At War), and the ‘old boys’ of the Home Guard are doing their bit too, if rather comically, to aid the war effort! (song – We Are The Home Guard)

As the USA enters the war, the young ladies are very excited at the arrival of American soldiers in Britain. At the dancehall we learn that, although popular with the female population, these charming visitors are seen as more of a threat to the local lads than Hitler himself! (song – Hollywood Girls) However, the harsher realities of the war are made apparent as we witness Sidney caught up in the fighting at Arnhem. He and his comrades, fearful for their lives, take a moment to write what could be their last ever letters home. (song – Will You Be There?) Will Sidney make it back, and will the Coleman family be reunited?

With the end of the war and VE celebrations in full swing, we understand that victory has come at a cost. Yet the overwhelming feeling is one of hope, and an appreciation of the enduring spirit that enabled families like Edith’s to triumph over adversity. It is this spirit which is celebrated in a truly uplifting final song, A Land Fit For Heroes.

Songs include

* Wartime memories
* Journey On A Train
* Put That Light Out
* Keep Our Spirits Flying
* Women At War
* We Are The Home Guard
* Hollywood Girls
* Will You Be There?
* A Land Fit For Heroes

Characters

Speaking parts in order of appearance

Edith Coleman
2 Removal men/women

In Edith’s childhood home…
Fred
Mr Coleman
Mrs Coleman
Granny
Young Edith
Alice
Sidney

At the train station…
Evacuee 1
Mother 1
Mother 2
Evacuee 2
Father
Billeting Officer

On the street at night…
5 ARPs
Wally Davies

In the air-raid shelter…
7 adults
Tea-lady

On parade…
6 Home Guard
Angry wife

At the dance hall…
American GI
Girl
Local Lads

At Arnhem…
Captain
4 Soldiers

Ensemble characters for selected scenes and songs

Working Women
More Home Guard
More Evacuees and Families
More GIs and Local Lads
More ARPs
More ‘Hollywood’ Girls
Adults and Children taking shelter
More Soldiers at Arnhem

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Performance Licence – NO admission charged

No admission charge made/no tickets sold to the audience.
Price of licence: See Below

• Permission to photocopy the script for use within school
• Up to 5 public performances permitted e.g. to parents, in one academic year
• No admission fee can be charged to your audience

This licence does not allow performances in commercial establishments such as theatres. It is intended for performances in school where the public audience comprises parents, relatives and friends of the children putting on the show. For commercial licences please contact us.

Performance Licence – admission charged

Admission charge is made/tickets are sold to the audience.
Price of licence: See Below

• Permission to photocopy the script for use within school
• Up to 5 public performances permitted within school e.g. to parents, in one academic year
• Admission fee may be charged by the school

This licence does not allow performances in commercial establishments such as theatres. It is intended for performances in school where the public audience comprises parents, relatives and friends of the children putting on the show. For commercial licences please contact us.


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Format : Script, Score Booklet + CD


By : Mick Riddell


Publisher : Edgy Productions


Series : Edgy All Year Round Musicals


ISBN : 9781905644322


Product Code : EP50



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