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Edith’s Wartime Scrapbook

5 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews)

By Mick Riddell
All-Year-Round musical for KS2 (ages 7-11).
Running time approx: 60 minutes

 

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.

Sample Songs

Listen below to some of the songs from Edith’s Wartime Scrapbook

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.

Characters

45 Speaking parts in order of appearance
*Click on the Line count/Costumes tab for more details

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, old Wally Davies

In the air-raid shelter…
7 adults, a tea-lady

On parade…
6 Home Guard
, an 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

What do you get?

This musical production is available to buy in 2 different formats. When ordering, simply choose the option (details below) which best suits your requirements.

  • Option 1 – Book & Audio CD.
    A wire-bound book containing the full script with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required. .
  • Option 2 – CD-ROM & Audio CD.
    A CD-ROM containing both a PDF and an editable MS Word document of the full script, with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a PDF of the piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.

UK schools can order this title with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK schools and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for this title at the point of ordering.

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  1. 5 out of 5 Broomfield Primary School

    The best performance we have ever seen. Especially with our favourite students! Certainly would recommend! 10/10!!

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  2. 5 out of 5 Willingham Primary School

    A fantastic show!!
    Very emotional and current, children thoroughly enjoyed performing it, as did the parents viewing it. One of the best plays I’ve directed in a long while!

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  3. 5 out of 5 Scargill primary school

    we are doing a play about this i just think it all is just perfect!!!!

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  4. 5 out of 5 Bramhope

    Beautiful songs

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  5. 5 out of 5 David Muff, YR5/6, Fairhaven Primary, Norfolk

    …what a rip-roaring success the Year5/6 leavers’ performance of Edith’s Wartime Scrapbook was! Everyone said it was the best show ever and I have to agree. When I chose it, I was looking to link our WW2 topic work from this term and what really sold it to me were the fantastic songs. The children loved devising dance moves for the songs. I can’t speak too highly of this show – it is excellent and it really is a very special way for the Year 6s to end their time at Fairhaven Primary. It will live on in the memory – theirs, mine, parents and the school community as a whole.

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  6. 5 out of 5 Diana Smith

    Having used your scripts for 7 years I am thrilled with Edith! The story is top class and the music even more so!

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  7. 5 out of 5 D Nelson, Warks

    How wonderful to be able to support our WW2 learning with something like this! The children were immersed in it completely and thoroughly loved it!

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  8. 5 out of 5 Rozano, Barford Primary School

    I really like these songs they’re catchy!

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  9. 5 out of 5 Emma Pattison, St Marys CE primary school

    OMG I super enjoyed doing this play ( I was billeting officer – wanted to be hollywood girl ) the song are lovely ( especially hollywood girls ! ) and by the time you’ve finished the play , there won’t be a dry-eye in the room!

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  10. 5 out of 5 Chloe, Linden Road Primary School Denton

    Great show last thing to do with my friends a great treasureable moment xx

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  11. 5 out of 5 Miss Thomas, Wales

    Absolutely fantastic script….a real winner!

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  12. 5 out of 5 Archie MacColl-Smith, Inveraray primary school

    My favourite characters were Wally Davies, ARP5, young Alice and removal man 1. best play I’ve done! Archie Aged 9

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  13. 5 out of 5 Molly

    Love it!

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