Original primary school musicals, with sparkling scripts and brilliant songs!

Tin Hats and Telegrams


An Armistice musical for Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)

35 speaking parts (flexible)
8 songs
Running time 45 minutes


Written to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this show can be performed in the Summer term, on Armistice day itself (November 11th) or as your Christmas show.*

*We have included an alternative final scene for Christmas productions.

It’s a dramatic tale, with wisecracking soldiers, feisty ambulance girls, nurses, long-suffering families and loyal friends. Accessible and entertaining, it also packs a real emotional punch.

The Story:

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 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 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.