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Five Beaches - Script

( Zella Compton )
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Challenge your students!

A fast-paced, highly stylised and physical piece of choral/verse theatre, Five Beaches uses veterans’ words to tell the story of the Allied landings at Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

It requires a minimum of five actors, but would suit 15 plus. With five actors, running time is approx. 20 minutes. Using more students will marginally increase the running time.

It is a challenging ensemble / chorus piece which will stretch students as it demands excellent timing and awareness – it also includes segments of three hymns.

Originally written to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, this piece can be used as an update to Greek theatre, or as an add-on to a non-naturalistic scheme.

It requires no set, or props.

The lyrical verse transports the soldiers across the Channel. The approaches to Utah, Sword, Gold, and Juno beaches are depicted in sequences. The fifth sequence depicts Omaha, which includes the soldiers going onto the beach (welcome to hell). A final celebratory scene is included.

For a sample of the script click here. (Sample supplied as PDF; full resource supplied as PDF and Word documents).

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About the Author


Zella Compton is a playwright and lecturer at Bournemouth University.

In 2016 she was awarded a place in Portsmouth’s Extraordinary League of Ten writers and begins teaching at New Theatre Royal.

Her previous roles include writer in residence for Bay House School, Hampshire (2013-2015), and for Havant Literary Festival (2014).

Her plays (including Girl in the Hood, Brotherly Love, Five Beaches, Genghis etc) - have been widely used by GCSE students since 2014, both nationally and internationally.

Zella’s first novel for young adults was published in 2012, and she continues as a weekly columnist for the Portsmouth News – a role she has enjoyed since 2006. Prior to becoming involved with education, Zella enjoyed many years as a freelance writer working for national and regional media.

As well as developing works for the stage, and lecturing, Zella teaches creative writing and performance poetry to primary and secondary school students.

Tags:Chorus, choral, greek, d-day, dday, verse, soldiers, Normandy, Eisenhower, war, ww2, world war two, Omaha, Utah, gold, juno, sword, death, heroism, courage, bravery, valour, boys, male, wartheme, consequences


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