Commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War One with a play that is educational, entertaining and respectful to the sacrifice made by the combatants.
The 28th July, 2014, is the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
In Britain, during World War One, millions of men enlisted in the armed forces on a wave of patriotic feeling. Also, some boys under the minimum recruitment age joined up. Officers often turned a blind eye to such recruits as shortages of volunteers began to increase as the war progressed. The play "Lenny on the Front Line" was inspired by the real life stories of some of these boys.
The skit "I Think I've Just Been Assassinated" is adapted from the second scene of the ANZAC play and has been written to educate audiences of all ages about the immediate causes of World War One in a humorous yet respectful manner.
This well-researched play uses humour and drama to tell the story of one boy's short spell in the army: from training to the front line trenches, and safely back home to mum. Also, the play contains fascinating information about life on the Home Front.
A great way to commemorate the outbreak of World War One in your school community in a child-friendly format.
The run-time for the performance is just under 20 minutes. It is straight-forward to stage for teachers- even for those without extensive drama experience.
The play has been written for performance by children in Year 6 (aged 10-11 years). The total number of cast is flexible: there are 24 roles, 3 roles are recommended for acting by girls, 3 roles are recommended for performance by boys. The play could be performed by 18 children with doubling of roles. Also some extra roles could easily be added (as advised in the script notes).
The script includes recommendations for music and a song, suggestions for costumes, set arrangement and props required for each scene.
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 28th June 1914;
Mrs Harris' kitchen, England, 1915 and 1916;
British Army recruitment office and training centres, 1915-16;
The Somme, 1st July 1916;
Reigate Picture House, 1916
LENNY (Mrs Harris' son)
MRS HARRIS (Lenny's mum, F)
FRANZ FERDINAND (husband to Sophie, M)
EARL BROWNLOW (M)
MRS HIGGINS (F)
SOPHIE (wife to Franz Ferdinand, F)
GENERAL HAIG (M)
The play explains the immediate causes of the war in a humorous, yet respectful manner. The skit would be the perfect complement to any school assembly on the subject.
Whilst the skit is a funny account on the outbreak of WW1,
it also conveys the tragedy of the conflict.
The skit is suitable for performance by children aged 9-11 (Years 5-6). There is a total of 11 roles (1 F, 2 M).
The run-time for the performance is 5 minutes.
The skit is adapted from the second scene of the ANZAC play.
Place and time
Sarajevo, June 28th 1914; and, a British high street, August 1914
*Included: Performance rights for 3 performances in 4 years! rights to copy for cast! rights for one video/audio of the performance, suggestions for staging, props & costumes, music ideas. More information about the terms.
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