Evacuees, The - By Chris Adams and Michael Sullivan
A musical for 9-14 year olds, telling the story of city youngsters evacuated in war-torn 1939.
While at the beach with their family for the August Bank Holiday in 1939, Susan, aged 11, and her little brother Keith learn they are to be evacuated if war is declared. In September of that year, they are sent with their classmates to a small town in the country where they are billeted with the local people.
Susan, Keith and three of their friends become so tired of fighting with the local children, so irritated by the 'posh' habits of their host, Mrs Carlton-Wright, and so generally bored and homesick thet they run away, determined to make their own way home.
They are discovered in the middle of the night by some soldiers and returned to their billet. However, soon after, their parents come to take them home because no bombing has taken place in the city.
Historical background, appropriate to History Key Stage 2, is provided between the scenes by means of dialogue, statistics and 11 songs, some with two parts. The Vocal Score contains parts for recorders and tuned percussion. Ideal for 9-14 year olds (younger Secondary or older Primary school children). Requires a minimum cast of ten to play the main speaking parts and approximately a further twenty for the minor speaking parts and chorus. However, the musical can be shortened and simplified while still retaining its essence by omitting the third scene from each act (this is explained in more detail in the script).
Approximate Duration: 75 minutes
3) We Don’t Know Where To
4) Take Your Little Brother With You
6) Hope Is The Thing That You Need
7) We Are Your Family Now
Four Narrators - 1939 schoolchildren
Keith - Evacuee aged about 7
Susan - Keith's sister aged about 10
Terry, Vern & Mary - Susan's friends aged about 10
Mrs Carlton-Wright - host to evacuees
Four Mums & Four Dads - Evacuees' parents
Gran - Susan's and Keith's Grandmother
Man on beach
Miss Roberts - Evacuees' teacher
Mr French - Billeting Officer
Other evacuees & parents
Country people & children