|"Sepia Serenade" - A Musical Comedy|
|Author||BREEZE, TONY - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author|
|Synopsis||A drama group are about to put on a show when a mischievous old granddad, who is the ex-caretaker, appears with his grandchildren, clutching an old-fashioned magic lantern. He wants to show them some slides of his early life but naturally they aren't interested.
The show begins but then there is an unexpected power cut and the group are so desperate for light that they are forced to let Granddad show his slides while they improvise with well-known songs and scenes around them.
In the second act we see the young granddad follow his dad to the front in the First World War via the songs of that era.
The majority of the songs used in this piece are out of copyright making it very economical to perform.|
|Cast||11f & 11m & children (doubling) (minimum 20)|
Grandpa (70 yrs) Welsh accent, Producer, Grandson, Granddaughter, Mam, Dad, daughters, soldiers, etc
|Production||Screen for slide show plus symbols for scenes e.g. schoolroom|
|Status||Available for performance|
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|sepiaserenade.pdf||Sun, 5th Jan 2014||Download full script||Available to print: £7.00|
|sepiaserenade1.doc||Mon, 27th Nov 2006||Download free copy of first half||Available to print: £0.00||Download here|
|Available on ScriptCircle: (for other licences please contact the Author)|
|Amateur Performance||Up to 600 seats. EEC Countries.||£40.00 per performance|
Having grown up in Sunderland, in the north-east of England, Tony went to Nottingham to train as a drama teacher. He taught for two years then came to a crossroads in his life when he realized that he'd spent the majority of his early years in educational establishments and was faced with another forty years of doing the same. Naively wanting to "do good for society," he decided to take a look at the world outside and enrolled in the local police force but after a few years of working shifts and seeing the gritty realities of life on the outside, he was in need of a creative outlet and began writing plays, two of which were published by New Playwrights Network of Macclesfield. Whilst still in the police he continued to to act and write and following a long career in amateur drama, at the age of forty, he was still feeling the "call of the greasepaint" when he wondered if he could follow his heart and change course again. He was working at the time as a sergeant at a Police Training Centre near Coventry and without telling his colleagues, he applied for an audition for a place on an acting course at The Poor School in London, learned two pieces by heart and after several auditions on the day, was the only one of his group to be offered a place. However, faced with the actual decision, he then felt unable to "walk through the door into the other world" due to the practicalities of teenage children, mortgage payments,steady salary, etc. Having reluctantly turned his back on a professional acting career he was forced to return to the strict militaristic world of the police training centre where keen, short-haired, young officers were marched around the Parade Ground by the drill sergeant to the strains of John Philip Sousa. With a Law Degree, Inspector's exams and many years experience under his belt, he again applied for promotion but was again turned down. Totally frustrated with his lack of career progress, he then turned for personal fulfillment to his writing and after two years of living away from home in the military-style environment, while his colleagues were out one night on a trip to the local brewery, he used the aging photocopier without permission to make some copies of his latest creation (a caring monologue about a lonely old lady talking to her dead husband called "Bill"). He was suspected by a passing Inspector and the powers-that-be informed. When challenged the next day as to what he'd been doing in the photocopier room, he thought that honesty was the best policy and told the truth, hoping for clemency. Instead, the Commandant, Vic Hopkins, due to the perceived seriousness of the transgression, had his room searched and placed him under house arrest in his bedroom for the whole day while they carried out a full investigation amongst the rest of the staff. They let him go home for the weekend, (perhaps to think about his offence) and subsequently put him before an internal disciplinary panel before sending him back to his own force in Nottingham. Tony is extremely pleased to be able to say that he later had to return to the city of Coventry to see one of his plays being performed by The Criterion Players (unfortunately not "Bill" which was performed later elsewhere). In the year 2,000 another of his scripts, "My Brother's Keeper," was chosen from 150 entries for the final round of the Pittsburgh New Play Festival and later published by Pieter Vink Publishers in Holland and Belgium. His other plays have now been performed in England, Scotland, Wales, South Africa and Australia, winning several awards for the groups who have performed them. His motto is now: "Nil illegitimae carborundum!" because, as he learned to his cost at the end of his police career, there were still one or two illegitimae about in uniforms who professed one thing publicly then bullied people in private behind office doors. However, the pen, they say, is mightier than the sword and he is hoping to be able to use one of these individuals as a template for a character in a future play about bullying in the work environment.