Free A Man For Service At Sea (WWII)

Written by:

Sue Higgs

Cast Size:
15

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 13

Genre:

Comedy

Themes:

Gender Roles
History
War
Women
World War II

Length:

35 min.

Synopsis:

Free A Man For Service At Sea (WWII) is a light comedy set in a Halifax Wrens’ recruitment office during WWII. The Wrens were established in Halifax in early 1942 and attracted women and girls from all walks of life: farm girls, debutantes, students and factory workers. Officer Leonard is a stickler for the rules, but welcomes a dithering Officer Clark as her assistant, just as long as Officer Clark remembers to begin each sentence with ‘Officer Leonard’ when she is addressing her. Several women pass through their recruitment door one morning. Most are sent for medicals, but a few are sent packing.” (From the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre Online Catalogue)

Characters:

OFFICER LEONARD – FEMALE RECRUITING OFFICER (OLDER/ANY

AGE) (Wears glasses)

OFFICER CLARK – FEMALE RECRUITING OFFICER (OLDER/ANY

AGE)

COMMANDER HOUGHTON – MALE (ANY AGE) (v. small role)
MARY AUBREY – YOUNGISH WOMAN
MRS AUBREY – MARY’S MOM
CONNIE BROOKS – 55 YEARS OLD
CATHY DUNBAR – 55 YEARS OLD
MARALYN RICH – MIDDLE AGED – V.POSH & OVER-DRESSED
MARTHA DRUMMOND – MIDDLE AGED WOMAN (RED CROSS)
RALPH DRUMMOND – OLDER MAN (MARTHA’S DAD)
MEGAN BANKS – 18 YEARS OLD
JENNIFER BANKS – 16 YEARS OLD
DOROTHY GILLIS – MIDDLE AGED
RUBY BARTON – YOUNG/MIDDLE AGED (v. small role at end)
GLORIA BARTON – YOUNG/MIDDLE AGED (v. small role at end)

First Produced:

2013, Memory Lane Heritage Centre

Resources:

Free A Man For Service At Sea (WWII) is available through the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre Online Catalogue.

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