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Old Lady Shows Her Medals, The - Short Play, Drama

Old Lady Shows Her Medals, The

J. M. Barrie

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Short Play, Drama

2m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573623691

Mrs. Dowey is entertaining three other charwomen at tea; they are all proud of their sons in the army (1914 1918). The curate arrives with Kenneth Dowey of the Black Watch in tow. But Mrs. Dowey has no son; she only pretends after seeing Kenneth's name in a newspaper. Since he has no family, he agre…

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Short Play

Drama

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Mrs. Dowey is entertaining three other charwomen at tea; they are all proud of their sons in the army (1914 1918). The curate arrives with Kenneth Dowey of the Black Watch in tow. But Mrs. Dowey has no son; she only pretends after seeing Kenneth's name in a newspaper. Since he has no family, he agrees to spend his leave with her and Mrs. Dowey has the long wished for experience of mothering a boy. When Private Dowey does not return, the old lady puts away his effects and bravely sets out to work.
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2m, 4f

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J. M. Barrie

J. M. Barrie

J.M. Barrie was a Scottish dramatist, best known for writing Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up in 1904. The son of Scottish weavers, he moved to London to pursue his interest in becoming a playwright, where he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired his masterpiece.  James Matthew Barrie was born on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, Scotland. After graduating from Edinburgh ... view full profile

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Linda Highman 12/2/2014 10:05 AM
This 40 minute one act play deftly exposes the roles of London women during World War One with humor, tension, and charm.  It offers great character roles and  challenge for dramatic growth and depth as well as opportunity to use cockney and Scottish accents.   It's easy to stage and interpret because of few specific and demanding instructions.  It's the second time that I've produced it, and I used it as part of a commemoration of the centennial of the beginning of World War One.

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