Jessie’s Tree – a one act play for youth theatre

a one act play for young people jessies tree by bev clark
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Spanning from 1918 -1999 –

The story of a family throughout a century  seen through the eyes of the children of each generation.

The location is always the same place: An old dead oak tree which eventually shows signs of life again.

A historical drama for young people which tells four stories over the course of a century. Each scene is a story in itself and could be performed separately but the stories are intrinsically linked and tell of one family’s history. It deals with themes like death, parent and child relationships, war and immigration and is always at the same location. – The old tree.

historical drama one act play for youth theatre

Jessie’s Tree by Bev Clark

 


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A one act play for youth theatre ideal for am-dram, community drama groups & professional theatre companies.


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Jessies’s Tree – Bev Clark

Synopsis

A One Act PlayScript © 2017 Bev Clark

A historical drama for young people which tells four stories over the course of a century. Each scene is a story in itself and could be performed separately but the stories are intrinsically linked and tell of one family’s history. It deals with themes like death, parent and child relationships, war and immigration and is always at the same location. – The old tree.

In the winter of 1918 young Jessie Hannigan meets a middle class lonely boy Cecil by the tree which was struck by lightning in the autumn of 1916.  At the same time as this event her older brother Jack was killed at the Somme and Cecil lost his father just before the Armistice.   The children strike up a friendship and Jessie’s influence is to reverberate down the decades.

In the spring of 1940 two evacuees Ivy and Ralph meet Robert and Margaret, Jessie’s children and against the backdrop of the war the four start to learn about each other’s homes and backgrounds.

In the summer of 1967 Stevie is trying to come to terms with the death of his beloved grandma Jessie. His friends discuss topics like music, politics, school, work as well as drugs and alcohol. Stevie is saved by a Lorna who will eventually become his wife and together they witness the first new shoots of the dead tree coming back to life.

In the autumn of 1999 the young people are celebrating Halloween and young Jess’s birthday. She has a deep connection to her great grandmother whom she never knew.  The group are in high spirits but when a young Polish boy gate-crashes their party, Jess makes an amazing discovery and a link through time brings two families together.

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Playwright: Bev Clark
Genre: One Act Youth Historical Drama
Time: 50 mins
Characters: 11 Young Adult Male 11 Young Adult Female – doubling possible
Extras: No

 

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