This terribly wonderful parody of 1940’s British film such as, Brief Encounter, Rebecca and Suspicion, is great fun to stage.  With stiff upper lips, femmes fatales,  jolly good eggs and utter cads, this is a marvellous opportunity for lots and lots of acting.  Adding to the affectionate micky take, is the idea that this film is on DVD and can be controlled by a remote.  A great school choice to entertain your audience, this play was first seen at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1994 to great reviews, and has since been staged by  secondary schools, including, Portree High School and Kinlochleven High School.

“splendid parody”  The Edinburgh Evening News

“engaging take”  The List

” a great hour”  The Scotsman ****

Best performed by:  Adults, teens and children.  Great choice for a  large school or community show.

Suitable for classroom script reading?  Yes

Audience Age best for:  8 to adult

Curriculum benefits:   Drama, English, Media Studies, Art & Design, IT (for possible projection/film work), Technical subjects (set building, HE (costume).  Good tie in to any 1840’s projects.  Great project for any millinery based fashion curriculum work.

Running Time:  1 hour 30 minutes, plus interval

Cast:  20 – as many as you like,  of all ages, male and female depending how you want to stage it. Stage managers can also be choreographed to strike and set up scenes in a Laurel and Hardy type way.

Sound & Light:  Pre recorded or live band playing 1940’s and melodramatic music.  Lighting needed, including possible use of strobe.

Singing and Dancing:  Up to three pieces.  Singing 40’s songs in the interval can work well too.

Set:  Can be done with painted backdrops or back projection.

Costume, Hair and Make up:  Mainly 1940’s and all in black, white and grey.   This includes hair and make up.  Some colourful scenes.