World War II
Suitable for ages 6 to 14 years
Live through the Blitz, suffer the deprivation, prepare to "make do and mend".
A gripping historic account graphically portraying the experiences of a London family from 1939-1945.
This is a truly lavish production fully researched and packed with important data and detail, including extracts form major speeches and music of the era, but delivered with much humour, interaction and audience participation.
"We were delighted to participate in earlier this academic year. Both actors were brilliant, really bringing to life the events of the war. It was an excellent way of bringing together all that we had covered in lessons and I know the children greatly benefited from it as well as finding it extremely entertaining."
Jill Hurst , Leominster Junior School.
"Dear Albert Brooks, I just wanted to pass on a huge thank you to your fabulous team who performed for us earlier this afternoon. Their WW2 show was absolutely fantastic and the year 6 children thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon watching (as did the staff). Each year, we are impressed that such a small team of actresses can perform a show with multiple characters! Apologies for not being there at the end of the day when your team left the school (but it was all rather hectic around school), so I hope they had a safe journey back. Thank you once again, and we look forward to booking you in again next year!"
Annabel Thorne and the Year 6 team. Baden Powell & St Peter's Junior School
"Hi Albert, Sorry for the delay in sending this message. Just to say we enjoyed the performance last Wednesday, the pupils really concentrated and were well engaged. I hope that we can invite you back at a later date."
Gill Boulstridgge , Oak Wood School, Nuneaton
"The staff and children really enjoyed the performance – thank you."
Lisa Thomas – School Business Manager, Merrydale Junior School.
"Thank you for the brilliant production. Please give feedback on visit to the school, suitability, behaviour, participation etc."
Rhoda Joseph, Wishmore Cross School, Chobham
"Thanks for the quick response - yes, the WWII performance was super, we really enjoyed it. I will chat with my year group partner when I get back to school and get back to you. I like the idea of Timeline. I'll be in touch."
Angela Dodd at The Rosary
"I just wanted to pass on our thanks for the production of WWII that you did for us last Wednesday, the comments from the staff were extremely positive! This is what was fed back to me:
"I thought the production was brilliant and that it really brought the WW2 work to life. It was interactive and the children were engrossed throughout. I really hope that we have made that clear to the theatre group. I wasn't sure if we really thanked them enough"
"I thought the theatre was really good. It dealt with all of the key issues of World War 2 which the children could all relate to and answer questions on, as they had covered these topics within their lessons. The kids appreciated the elements of comedy throughout but also realised and respected some of the more serious topics that were acted out before them. Think they enjoyed it too, which is always good!
So, thank you again."
Wendy Millsop, Kettering Buccleuch Academy
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the WW2 performance. Both the children and the staff thoroughly enjoyed the production."
Van Gogh Tutor Group, Grange School, Bedford.
"Thank you visiting our school today and giving the children such a wonderful experience. They were absolutely captivated by the part where Stanley's friend dies in an air raid and the part with Anne Frank. We also loved how interactive it was with the radio quiz and the children pretending to be the Home Guard. I would definitely book you again."
Siobhan McGann, Bisley C of E School
"I would just like to let you know how well the play and workshops went today. Please pass our thanks on to your actors they did a really good job and the children enjoyed the day very much. I look forward to working with your Company again, many thanks."
Sandra Renwick, Wood Ley School, Stowmarket
"I would like to thank your performers for their excellent production of the WWII play. The students were buzzing with excitement after the production. I unfortunately missed the performers at the end of the play as I was racing about all over the place, but could you please say a huge thank you to them both as they were superb. Our Chair of governors came in to watch and he felt that the performance was first class. I have included a couple of photographs of the event. Thank you so much."
Tracy T Napier, Stormont House School, Hackney
"I am very glad that we made you feel comfortable and welcomed! The day was so much fun for the kids and the staff. The children thoroughly enjoyed the performance and said that they loved inventing their own drama sketches. So, they were obviously inspired! I will spread the word about 'Aesop's'. Hope to see you again."
Verity Spooner, Hillsgrove Primary School, Welling
"I just wanted to say thank you to you and your actors for the fantastic WW2 performance. The children (and adults!) thoroughly enjoyed the show and we will definitely be looking into using your company again!"
Francesca Robinson, Meadow Vale Primary School, Bracknell
"Thank you very much for the performance. I think the children learnt a lot from it."
Jessie Brill, Humanities Co-ordinator, Carlton Primary School
"Many thanks for the World War II day last week. The kids had a great time, and many of the staff commented on the quality of your work. Please pass on our thanks to all concerned."
Simon Field, Assistant Head Teacher, Pear Tree Community Junior School
"The play showed how hard and frightening and dangerous it was during the blitz. The evacuation was very upsetting and scary that children came back to London while the war was still on. The pictures were very good too showing the food and rationing and efforts to stop Hitler. Overall it was exciting and funny."
Jess and Jenn, St. Thomas More Primary School
"Congratulations! Superbly written and acted and how clever to inject some humour into such a dark subject. See you again next year."
Sue Smith, Head of History - St. Mary's CP School
Dear Albert, Thank you so much for arranging yesterday’s performances. Both performances were fantastic – the school is buzzing with them! Marvellous! Sadly we haven’t got any photos of the WW2 one. Have you got any you could send me without children please that I can add to the display? Thank you. Kind regards, Ruth Walker, School Librarian, Elstree School
After enjoying such a splendid day with two of your actresses, who brought history alive for our students, we would very much like to book for next year. Please may we reserve Tuesday 7th November for a WWII morning and Henry VIII afternoon for years 5&6 respectively. Each year group has 180 children in it. My colleague, Rachael Hughes, has emailed our feedback to you.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Kind regards, Clare Taylor, Baden-Powell & St. Peter’s School, Poole
Two of your actresses came into our school on Tuesday 8th November and I must say that they were absolutely fantastic. As a theatre company, you have been performing at our school for several year and this year was the best that I have ever seen. The children (and the adults!) loved it.
The parts that the children enjoyed the most were the interactive sections, where you involved the children. They can't stop talking about the exercises section - you have definitely given them a memory that will last for years to come.
So... please pass on my thanks to the organisers and the actresses for making it such a special day for years 5 and 6. My colleague (Claire Taylor) will be in touch soon to re-book you for next year.
Rachael Hughes, BPSP School, Parkstone
Dear Albert, I must apologise for having missed your two lovely ladies, but I was called away just as they were leaving. I so wanted to thank them for the wonderful performance of “World War II” and the Drama Workshop they conducted. Please let me know their names as the children wish to write and thank them. Kindest regards, Louise Portelli,
Thank you so much for sending us such a fantastic performance today. We were overwhelmed with how much information the actors managed to fit into 70 minutes! I think we all learned something new! The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, laughing and cheering at all the right moments. The amount of participation involved was perfect too. The actors did very well! We will definitely be looking to book you in for next year hopefully :-)
All the best,
Chloe Clark, Castleview Primary School, Slough.
Well, that was just brilliant! Thank you so much for sending your talented team to join us here in Oxfordshire today. The play was so cleverly written, capturing the main events in such an original and memorable way. As well as the children loving the artefacts, costumes, range of characters and participation, they also absorbed a great deal of knowledge and had many, many questions afterwards. It was just the springboard we needed to get our World War II project off the ground.
Please pass on my thanks and appreciation to all involved.
With best wishes,
Lee Ryman, Head Teacher, The Treehouse School, Cholsey.