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The story of the Siege of Reading - April 1643


Cast: 45 speaking parts (all m) + crowd.
Suggested Age Range: 8 to 13 but could extend upwards.
Approx. Running Time: 90 minutes [ + interval]
Music: None.
Set: Frequently changing sites in and around Reading - mostly outdoor; signs and symbols could often portray enough. Large spaces required on stage; could work well "in the round".
Synopsis: During the Civil War the county of Berkshire became one of the principal battlegrounds, causing increasing devastation and suffering to the inhabitants. Friends and families became divided and this well-researched play centres on the leading families affected by the Siege of Reading; the adult characters are mostly authentic; an added dimension of the drama has been imagined through the introduction of eight important children's roles.
In addition to telling an adventurous story, the play attempts to show people's attitudes to war and how they change; it also tries to demonstrate the futility of it all. Throughout there are interesting characters and many humorous moments which add to an exciting and educative narrative.
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ISBN 978 1 872475 06 6