AT HOME IN THE GREAT WAR

by Peter Appleton

THE KNITTING CIRCLE

MR & MRS SMITH

MR & MRS BROWN & MATILDA

 

At Home in the Great War is the story of two families, the Smiths and the Browns, during the 1914-18 war. Set on a stage split to show a room in both their houses with the lighting switching to either as appropriate, it shows how the two families cope with the news and events of the times particularly when their children go off to war.

 

CHARACTERS

Cast is two male (40-60) and six female (5 off 35-60) (one of 17-22)

Links are provided by voice overs as are letters home, either recorded or live.

 

Mr Smith (50+)                    Shopkeeper

Mrs Smith (45+)                  Wife

Mr Brown (50+)                   Professional man

Mrs Brown (35+)                Wife

Matilda (17-21)                    Daughter

Mrs Irvine (50+)                   ]

Mrs Tribble (50+)                 ] knitters

Mrs Patterson (40+)            ]

 

The three boys are only heard as voices over

Mr and Mrs Smith with two sons John 22 and Leonard (Lenny) 19

Mr and Mrs Brown, one son Harry 21 who is heard only and daughter Maltilda 17

 

RUNNING TIME

Approx 70 minutes

 

MUSIC

Songs of the period enhance the feeling of the changing years.

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

 

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