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An Armistice musical for Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)
35 speaking parts (flexible)
Running time 45 minutes
Written to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this show can be performed on Armistice day itself (November 11th) or as your Christmas show.
This cast features wisecracking soldiers, feisty ambulance girls, nurses, long-suffering families and loyal friends. It has masses of period detail and history amidst the exciting plot and memorable songs.
Jack, an unlikely soldier who would rather be writing poetry, is in the trenches in France, with best mate Reg. His gang of pals persuade him to write a comic poem for the trench newspaper, the Wipers Times.
Meanwhile his girl Alice is driving an Ambulance at the front; back home, his brother is looking for ways to join in the War Effort.
The village folk at home are holding a Summer fete (as best they can in 1917) when a telegram is delivered to Jack’s devastated family. He is ‘Missing…’
Alice’s quest to find out what happened to Jack leads her from Christmas at the field hospital to an old barn where Jack’s pals are billeted. Jack’s dramatic story comes to life (in flashback) as they explain what happened.
The end of the war brings joy, but with so many absent faces there’s sadness too. And at the village Christmas party to celebrate Peace, it turns out the story is not quite over…
The show ends in an uplifting and heartfelt spirit of remembrance which makes this the perfect show to perform in 2018.
There are 8 original songs, with opportunities for solo singing, and a well-known song from 1914 (Goodbye-ee).
The show ends with a stunning setting of Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen.
A note about Christmas:
Part of Tin Hats & Telegrams covers Christmas 1917, with carol-singing in a field-hospital, a German rendition of O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum) and letters to the troops from the King. The heart-stopping final scene is set at a Christmas party in 1918 as the soldiers come home.
For those performing it at other times of year, we’ve included an alternative ending, setting the final scene at a New Year’s party.
Our school put this production on as an end of year show. We had done a war topic so the kids were really enthusiastic. Initially I was a little concerned that it would be too serious for an end of year show but this was not the case; a perfect balance of humour and emotion. Our parents were overcome with praise - especially the grandparents. Many comments were about how they loved the sincerity of the show. The script is accessible to the children but entertaining for the audience and the songs are so catchy that the children were singing them for weeks after. I thoroughly recommend this production.
~ Steph Turton