Year 4’s production of Edith’s Wartime Scrapbook on Friday
evening was a resounding success with each child bringing something unique to
the stage. The children’s sheer
enjoyment was evident throughout the show, with exceptional performances from a
large number of soloists.
We learned lots about
World War 11 as Edith reminisced over her war time memories with the removal
men who had come to help her move house. She remembered fondly, her families’
experiences during the war, saying goodbye to Fred and Alice her younger
siblings who were evacuated to Wales and praying that her older brother Sidney
would get back from the war unhurt.
A rousing performance
from the Air Raid Wardens left us in no doubt that ‘there was a war on’ and
that ‘all lights must be extinguished’ for fear that Jerry might attack. We
heard how rationing of food and clothes caused such hardship and how everyone
pulled together to ‘Keep their Spirits Flying’.
The unstoppable working women with their tools to hand
entertained us with their song and dance.
We rolled in our seats with laughter, as with great comic
timing, the Home Guard (Dad’s Army) led us to believe that they could defend
king and country with a random selection of garden implements and a mop. Stiff
joints and domestic chores apart they were resolute and ready to put their
lives on the line.
Edith fondly remembered how handsome and charming the
American GI’s were and how the local girls would have believed anything they
said. The brilliant choreography of this scene gave us feel good performances from
the very smooth GI’s, the very excited girls who were dreaming of a life in
Hollywood and the local lads who had to admit to a sneaking admiration of the
The audience shed a tear or two with the very strong and
emotional performance of the soldiers at Arnhem.
It was hard to believe that eight and nine year olds could deliver
performances that were sad, thought provoking, poignant and funny with such
aplomb. Great costumes, stage sets, makeup and hair ensured that we were
transported back to the 40’s and everyone left the show wishing they could do
it all again! Who needs the West End when we have such great performers here at