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We'll Meet Again

by Keith Dawson & Gawen Robinson

Pricing & Order Info.
Commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day with our fantastic World War 2 school musical about life as an evacuee
Ideal Cast Size 70
Speaking Roles 48
Minimum Cast Size 36
Duration (minutes)55-60

"What a wonderful way to show what life was REALLY like for children during World War 2; a term of history lessons in one production."

Denise White - Headteacher, Blakenhale Junior School, Birmingham

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Why choose this Musical?

Editable Word Doc Script available

48 speaking roles

Easily reduced to 36 speaking roles, see "Casting" tab below for full instructions.

Unlimited chorus parts

CDs of Backing Tracks plus Sound Effects available

No pianist required! This CD includes ALL the Backing Tracks, Incidental Music and Special Effects in the order you need them enabling production and direction to take place without specialist musical expertise.

CD of Vocal Tracks (with Sound Effects) available for learning the songs

NEW Sing It! Mk. 4 version, now with...

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  • "Vocals Off" feature
  • "Line by Line" practising feature
  • "Phrase by Phrase" practising feature

A BRAND NEW product; a CD-ROM or download of all the songs called "Sing it!" is available. This CD-ROM or download can teach the songs to the children without any teacher input. Children can use it at school or at home - think of the time it will save you! Most schools use it in class on an interactive white board or in the school hall on the overhead projector to allow full cast practice. Children LOVE learning this way and the product is foolproof.

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Act out life as an evacuee

National Curriculum: History

Piano/Vocal Score (Grade 6 Standard) available

Take a look at the sample in the "Script & Songs" tab below.

Easily manageable props

Easy to stage: adaptable

Click "Script & Songs" below then click "Production Notes".

Age range: Key Stage 2 (plus optional infant evacuees!)

Duration: 55 to 60 minutes

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September 1st 1939 saw the start of the biggest and most concentrated mass movement of people in Britain's history. In the four days that followed the government announcement to "Evacuate forthwith", Operation Pied Piper saw nearly three million people transported from towns and cities in danger of enemy attack to places considered safer in the countryside.

The majority were schoolchildren, labelled like luggage, carrying their belongings in a suitcase and their gasmask in a box, accompanied by about 100,000 teachers acting as guardians.

"We'll Meet Again" follows the exploits of a group of children as, initially, they are being prepared at school, just before the outbreak of war, donning gas masks, hearing sirens and being instructed in the safety of the shelters. Following the famous speech by PM Chamberlain, declaring that "We are at war", we see the children at the railway station making their tearful farewells before going on the adventure of a lifetime into the unknown.

All this of course, took place during what was known as the "phoney war", a time when many parents felt that the threat of bombing had been exaggerated. By early 1940, some sixty per cent of children had returned to their homes, something the government hadn't anticipated; after all, the evacuation was a voluntary scheme.

So, after sharing some of their experiences adjusting to life in the countryside, we meet the children back home, bored stiff. Then, as the bombs begin to fall, the decision is made that the children must once more be evacuated to somewhere safe.

Finally, we jump forward to 1945 and VE Day. Children and parents are re-united once more as the show closes with the title song - "We'll Meet Again".

'We'll Meet Again' is a touching production following a group of British children as they try their best to escape from London during the Second World War; it will stir every type of emotion.

The opening scene tugs at your heart strings as wives part from their husbands, and girlfriends from their boyfriends as the men leave to join the armed forces; 'We'll Meet Again' follows. A siren takes you by surprise, and the scene evolves into a classroom where Miss Reynolds and her students keep their spirits high as they sing 'Air Raid.' Eventually, the ear-piercing sound fades out and Miss Reynolds instructs the children to put on their gas masks; some are more successful than others! As the air raid warning sounds again, a reprise of 'Air Raid' is sung.

The following scene occurs at a railway station, and after Chamberlain's speech persuading parents to send their children to the country, a number of interactions between families follow. 'Now it's Time To Say Goodbye' is sung and the emotional exchanges are deep as children are desperate to stay behind. Finally, the children arrange themselves in lines ready to embark on their 'adventure' and 'Now It's Time To Say Goodbye' is reprised.

The arrival of the evacuees in the countryside is uplifting as there is a sense of excitement about the possibilities for the future. The children are handed their rations, and line up in preparation for an inspection for possible 'city nits' and 'dirty ears' and the indignation of the children is comical to watch; during the inspection 'I'll Take That One' is sung by the villagers. A crisis emerges as another group of evacuees enter, just as the villagers thought they had managed to house them all! Amusing dialogue is shared between Barfoot (the billeting officer) and the teacher, both of whom insist the other is in the wrong; eventually the teacher wins the battle.

The following scene sees two evacuees, Terence and Ronald, discuss their new homes with little enthusiasm but try to keep their spirits high during 'Life Goes On.' After a few teasing comments from country kids, the children play together happily whilst an evacuee, Margaret, attempts to write a letter home during 'Dear Mum And Dad.'

A sudden change of atmosphere occurs as the next scene sees the children back at home in London. We find several families gathered together in an Anderson shelter, parents discussing the latest devastation caused by the nightly explosions. Over the sound of an air raid they try to keep the patriotic 'stiff upper lip'. Unfortunately, they are interrupted by the Warden who tells them of a bomb that has landed silently nearby and urges them to evacuate the area as soon as possible. The characters appear disheartened as they realise things can only get worse and are faced with the realisation of having to send their children away again.

However, the audience do not remain saddened for long, as the appearance of a child called Brian welcomes the children to their second home in the Welsh countryside. Unable to understand his accent, the following scene provides some light relief for the audience. The children are quickly welcomed into their new homes, but some are astonished at their new routine, having to share a bath with several other children! It is appropriate that 'Bathnight Blues' should follow.

Luckily, this emotional roller-coaster of a production ends on a high as the cast celebrate the end of the war. Everyone is happy to be back with their families again, and although Terence's life will be different now as his Dad has lost a leg after standing on a land mine, he joins in with the preparations for a VE street party. The stage is full of decorations, smiles and reunions and 'We'll Meet Again' ends the show on a high.

Speaking Roles by number of lines

In the following list, the number shows how many spoken lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the characters name indicates that this character ALSO has solo or featured sung lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
Miss Reynolds42
Barfoot37
Eileen30
Terence28
Wendy28
*Margaret27
Mrs Davidson23
Kath21
Ronald20
Mr Roach20
Harry17
Teacher17
Mr Arnold15
Mrs Fitzgerald15
Alan15
ARP Warden14
Geoff14
Mrs Lloyd13
Minister11
Ray10
Mr Nunn10
Brian10
Mrs Pugh10
Mr Glenister9
Bert9
Christine8
Station Master7
Mr Jones7
Lil6
Mollie6
Mrs Howe6
Alice5
Janet Lightly5
Jimmy5
Mrs Evans5
Tommy4
Jack4
William4
*Villager 14
*Villager 24
Jean3
Emmie3
Mr Townsend2
Beryl2
*Villager 31
*Villager 41
John1
Mary1

Alphabetical Order (with line count)

In the following list, the number shows how many spoken lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the characters name indicates that this character ALSO has solo or featured sung lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
Alan15
Alice5
ARP Warden14
Barfoot37
Bert9
Beryl2
Brian10
Christine8
Eileen30
Emmie3
Geoff14
Harry17
Jack4
Janet Lightly5
Jean3
Jimmy5
John1
Kath21
Lil6
*Margaret27
Mary1
Minister11
Miss Reynolds42
Mollie6
Mr Arnold15
Mr Glenister9
Mr Jones7
Mr Nunn10
Mr Roach20
Mr Townsend2
Mrs Davidson23
Mrs Evans5
Mrs Fitzgerald15
Mrs Howe6
Mrs Lloyd13
Mrs Pugh10
Ray10
Ronald20
Station Master7
Teacher17
Terence28
Tommy4
*Villager 14
*Villager 24
*Villager 31
*Villager 41
Wendy28
William4

Non-speaking roles: Sam, Isobel, Family Group, Chorus of Soldiers, Sailors, Women Children and Teachers.

5 Star Rating

We'll Meet Again

"Great songs that help educate children and help them enjoy history in a more musical way amazing!"
Daniel M, Student, Fawcett Primary School, Trumpington

5 Star Rating

We'll Meet Again

"At school, I'm never intrested in history BUT when I heard when our year group was going to perform this play at our Leavers Assembly I was so excited. I only play a minor part with 4 lines called 'William'. Anyways, a great production to help educate a child's mind in a fun, and easy way. Who needs lessons when you have this?"
Drew Bennett, Quensmead Community Primary School, Leicester, England

5 Star Rating

We'll Meet Again

"What a wonderful way to show what life was REALLY like for children during World War 2; a term of history lessons in one production."
Denise White - Headteacher, Blakenhale Junior School, Birmingham

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