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Goodnight Mister Tom - Full Length Play, Drama

Goodnight Mister Tom

David Wood, Michelle Magorian

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Full Length Play, Drama

7m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573150180

Goodnight Mister Tom
Adapted by David Wood
From the novel by Michelle Magorian

One of the most uplifting stories ever written, Michelle Magorian’s stunning Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood – the UK’s ‘National Children’s Dramatist’ (The Times).

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Adaptations (Literature)

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

The play won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family in 2013.

One of the most uplifting stories ever written, Michelle Magorian’s stunning Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood – the UK’s ‘National Children’s Dramatist’ (The Times). Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.

Goodnight Mister Tom is a tale of two broken souls at very different ends of the age scale that celebrates the value of love and proves that friendship knows no barriers.


‘…works like a charm…the play will speak to children, without question – but it may well be adults, looking back at a long-ago England while catching reactions of their own younger, fearful selves, it moves the most. Recommended.’ Daily Telegraph

 

‘…tugs the heart strings…moments of enchanting comedy…splendidly faithful to the book…a big success.’Independent

 

‘It ends as children’s theatre should: adults audibly snivelling and children breathlessly attentive. Here’s a suggestion: ever since the role of children’s laureate was created, the title has gone to novelists, a poet and the illustrator Quentin Blake. It should now go to a playwright, to acknowledge that theatre too has a vital role. David Wood has been making quality children’s plays for 43 years. Herewith my nomination.’ The Times

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CASTING

7m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Ensemble cast - doubling possible. M7 F6 plus puppeteer.
25 speaking parts plus opportunities for extras in the ensemble.

Rental Materials
8 comprehensive scores
Videos
  • Goodnight Mister Tom trailer

Author(s)
David Wood

David Wood

David Wood has been called "the national children’s dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide, and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, Aladdin, Hijack Over Hygenia, Jack the Lad, Larry the Lamb in Toytown, Old Mother Hubbard and The Ideal Gnome Expedition. Among his adaptations are eight Roald Dahl stories (The BFG, The Twits, The ... view full profile

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