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Bird, John C. (British playwright, author, 1933-____), “Bo and Joe,”

a 30-minute serious drama in English, in six scenes, set in England, 1883, and September 3, 1939,

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; • © 2002 by John C. Bird; • in John C. Bird’s Bo and Joe (Warrington, Cheshire, England: New Theatre Publications, 2002), ISBN 1840943653; • script/rights available from New Theatre Publications, 2 Hereford Close, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 4HR, England, telephone 08700 275297, e-mail ian.hornby1@btinternet.com; contact John C. Bird, 4 Holland Avenue, Knowle, Solihull B93 9DW, England, e-mail jbird@ixias.fsnet.co.uk, telephone (home) (UK) 01564 772202. • Cited by John C. Bird via ftp September 12, 2003; Bird says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Sidney Webb (m), elderly, socialist, economist, reformer; Joseph Chamberlain (m), 48, politician; Neville Chamberlain (m), teenager, later statesman and Prime Minister; Beatrice Webb (f), (1) elderly (2) mid-twenties, socialist writer and philosopher.

  §  Synopsis “In the home of Sidney and Beatrice Webb, September, 1939, an entry in Beatrice' diary triggers flashback. In the early 1880s, Beatrice Potter and Joseph Chamberlain, the leading British radical politician of his time, had an ill-starred affair that lasted several years. Beatrice later married Sidney Webb, and she and Webb became renowned socialist writers and thinkers and founders of the London School of Economics. Finally, September 3, 1939, Beatrice listens to the voice of Joseph's son, Neville Chamberlain (the last person she encounters in flashback), on the radio announcing Britain's declaration of war on Germany.

  §  Comment “Six scenes. The first and last are in the Webbs' drawing room and the others are dreamlike sequences in 'gardens'. The play requires Beatrice to be transformed from an elderly lady to a girl in her twenties and back again.” • Research could include Diary of Beatrice Webb: Glitter Around and Darkness Within, 1873-1892, edited by Norman McKenzie and Jeanne MacKenzie, The Diary of Beatrice Webb series, #1 (Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Harvard University Press, 1990), ISBN 0674202872, 432pp. • Also, research could include Beatrice Webb’s My Apprenticeship, [1st edition reprinted] with an introduction by Norman Mackenzie(Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press [for] the London School of Economics and Political Science. 1979), ISBN 0521297311, 429 pp., facsimile reprint of 1st edition (London: Longmans, Green, 1926).

  §  Themes 1883, 1939, biography, British history, Chamberlain (Arthur Neville Chamberlain, British statesman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1937-1940, March 18, 1869-November 9, 1940), Chamberlain (Joseph Chamberlain, the leading British radical politician of his day, July 8, 1836-July 3, 1914), fictionalized biography, flashback, London School of Economics, love, politics, radio, Second World War, star-crossed lover, Webb (Martha Beatrice Potter Webb, a British social reformer, socialist, economist, author, influential member of the Fabian Society, January 2, 1858-April 30, 1943), war, Webb (Sidney James Webb, British socialist, economist, reformer, July 13, 1859-October 13, 1947), World War II.

See also John C. Bird's

  • "City of Dreams," a 30-minute serious drama in English, set in a hotel room Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., 2004, 1m1f
  • "A Sign of the Times," a 45-minute serious drama in English, set in the living quarters above a bakery, the East End of London, England, early days of World War I, 1914, 3m1f

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