All the King's Men

KS2 / P5-7
KS3&4 / S1-6
History
Play In A Day

What happened in 1914 and why? Who got caught up in it and suffered the devastating consequences? What if you didn't want to fight? The Great War truly has become a metaphor for hell on earth. This all-action play-in-a-day is perfect for students looking to gain a greater overview of this terrible episode in our history.

A Play in a Day for up to 30 KS2/3  pupils.

This time we're marching into the rain and muddy trenches of the Western Front, galloping across the desert with Lawrence of Arabia, storming the beaches at Gallipoli and fighting with our brave Pals and allies on land sea and air (pausing only for a quick game of footie in no-man's land on Christmas Eve). Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen struggle to compose war poems under fire, Siegfried Sassoon throws his medal in the river and poor old Rupert Brooke is already a corner of a foreign field . Meanwhile, back in Blighty, indefatigable ladies manage to keep the home fires burning and the wheels of industry moving... but why are some turning yellow?!

Another exciting, lively and thought-provoking day long rehearsal with one of our professional directors, culminating in an interactive performance by and for KS2 and above students. Working together as actors to create a fun, action-packed performance, informing as much as it entertains, students will explore a wide range of events and issues.

Key themes:

-          the value of teamwork

-         self-expression

-         public speaking

-         confidence building

-         increased subject knowledge

The truly global nature of the conflict and the countries involved, the development of terrifying new technologies and the dreadful, blood-soaked, tactics of smug Generals sitting safely behind the lines are all on display. Zeppelins and bi-planes, submarines, battleships, tanks, gas and artillery all meant slaughter on an industrial scale, but where did horses, dogs and pigeons come in to it? Exploring the national, international, cultural and political changes that defined an era.