In a Time of War (Glasgow 1941)

Written by:

Anne MacMillan

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Drama
Historical
Tragedy

Themes:

History
War
World War II

Length:

40 min.

Year Written:

2014

Synopsis:

“In In a Time of War (Glasgow 1941), the bombing raids up the River Clyde in Scotland have begun. It is World War II. A Glasgow family manages to keep on with their lives after a near-hit with a bomb and a dreadful loss of life nearby. Amidst the darkness of war, there is a lightness in the air, even with tragedy, as two young girls find much to occupy themselves when not in school, making secret spy plans with Granddad Mungo. The realities of war intrude.” (From the CPO website)

Characters:

Elspeth MacKenzie: Young schoolgirl age 10/11, Pat’s best friend – brave, excited, innocent, spontaneous, adventurous; rapid enthusiastic speech of a 10/11 year old in 1941

Pat Douglas: Young schoolgirl age 10/11, Elspeth’s best friend – taller, curious, excited, innocent, spontaneous, adventurous; rapid enthusiastic speech of a 10/11 year old in 1941

Rose MacKenzie: Elspeth’s mother – strong, not sentimental, thoughtful and bonnie, early to mid-30’s

William MacKenzie: Elspeth’s father – tall, tough, well-spoken, mid 30’s; Special Police Reserve 2 on wartime patrol

Grandma Tess White: Elspeth’s grandmother and Rose’s mother, 50’s – cheerful, strong, with a gleam in her eye and a warm heart, twice widowed in the wars

Granddad Mungo MacKenzie: Elsepth’s granddad & William’s father – Scots Highlander with wartime secrets, 60’s

Narrator

First Produced:

2014, Alumnae Theatre

Resources:

In a Time of War (Glasgow 1941) is available through the CPO website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

The National Records of Scotland detail the historical context of this play at this link.