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Blackbirds

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Title: Blackbirds
Author: Startin, Simon
Price: $27.95

INCLUDES TEACHERS NOTES

Cast: 17 with doubling

Mayflower Street runs between Jamaica Road and the Thames in Bermondsey, South London. In 1939, 34 houses and 121 residents occupied the street. Between 1940 and 1941 bombs fell on 7 of these houses and at the end of the war, the street - with its corner shop, was demolished. The London Bubble Theatre backs on to Mayflower Street overlooking the new houses and flats that now stand there. Over the past year members of our drama groups have been reseraching the history of the Blitz, consulting the electoral roll and interviewing residents who grew up nearby.

BLACKBIRDS is the drama that has emerged from this process. Using personal testimony, physical theatre and the conbined skills of a cast of contemporary Londoners, ranging in age from 7 to 78, the project aims to share some of the experiences and events that made our city into the place we know today. Suitable for use in schools, colleges, youth theatres and community groups.

During the Blitz, 43,000 people were killed, half of them in London. Some of the children of the blitz who survived this are still alive today but who is going to preserve their account, an essential piece of London history which will help us understand the reality of life in the capital during WWII?

Blackbirds is the story of Londoners who lived through the most extreme conditions of the Blitz and are here to tell the tale.

Using personal testimony, physical theatre and the combined skills of a cast of contemporary Londoners ranging in age from 7 to 78, the play explores the experiences and events that made London the city that we know today. For use in schools, colleges, community groups and youth theatres.

Publisher: Aurora Metro Publications
Publication date: 27/05/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781906582296
Publishing status: Indent (2-3 weeks)
Blackbirds