Secret Garden Shakespeare
A Christmas Carol
Lie Back and Think of America (1 hour, 15) (appearing at Rising Sun Arts Centre March 2019, with a rehearsed reading of its French adaptation: 'Sarah, Joe et la guerre!'
Sarah Smith of Bethnal Green is tired... of looking after her younger brother and taking the rap for his behaviour, of working in the munitions factory, of bomb-induced sleepless nights. She misses her father, her little sister Lucy evacuated to Wales and a decent meal. Enter Joe, an American GI with a past of his own and a love of the jitterbug. If he finds out the truth about Sarah, will he still want her? Meanwhile, Lucy Smith, eight-years old, evacuated and angry does everything she can to be sent back home from Llanelli to Bethnal Green. Will she manage to get back to her family - and can she avoid Mrs Allbright's cane in the process? A play about the transforming effect of love against social prejudice, about being yourself, accepting yourself and hoping others will too.
'Lie Back and Think of America' was inspired by the documentary 'Choc'late Soldiers of the USA' a copy of which was given to the writer of 'Lie Back and Think of America' on a train journey by Professor Alan Rice (University of Central Lancashire). FRT is very grateful for this meeting and would like to thank Professor Rice for taking the time to talk about the documentary and the journey that FRT has been on because of this chance meeting.