Children of the Blitz  

 

 

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Children of the Blitz 

 

Children of the Blitz is a full length play ideally suited to secondary schools. As well as being an ideal performance piece, the play offers many opportunities for integration into other aspects of the  curriculum and would make a good vehicle for studying the outbreak of the second world war and the "Home Front" in general.

The play deals with the period from 1938 to 1943, with the focus being the evacuation of thousands of children from cities and towns (in this case London) and their experiences of being separated from their parents and thrust into the unfamiliar life of rural communities.

In many ways there were two distinct "Britains" before the War - Town and Country -  and they knew little of each others way of life. There was frequently conflict between the evacuess and their hosts. Whilst many evacuees found kindhearted and warm families who welcomed them into their homes, others found hostility, aggression and abuse. The host families were often shocked by the poverty and behaviour

 

 

of some of the children from the inner cities as they found themselves exposed to a world that they had not even been aware of before.

This mixing of the two cultures was a prime mover in the social change that took place after the end of the war and the creation of the welfare state.

Children of the Blitz is not an idealised piece and the tensions between the two groups are evident throughout t. Whilst some of the children find happy homes, others are subjected to torment and physical aggression. There are frequent reminders of the threat of the war itself and the fears of the evacuees for the parents they left behind. 

The  play contains humour, stoicism and drama. The events mirror the historical timeline and use is made of speeches and music from the period.

On the subsequent pages you can find a synopsis of the plot, a cast list, staging suggestions and links to further support and references. You will also find an extract from the opening of the play and a link to a reading copy of the entire first act in pdf format. Simply follow the links on the menu on the left.