Read All About It, World War 2

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3

An informative World War Two Musical allowing your students to enter into past lives. This great production will give an insight into how the lives of ordinary people would change with the outbreak of World War 2.


45 mins
Speaking Roles
Cast Size
30 - 69
Ideal Cast Size

Physical Extras

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Downloadable Extras


WW2 musical play for schools

An informative WW2 musical play for schools. Covering themes explored in the KS2 and KS3 Curriculum allowing students to enter into past lives.

It’s the outbreak of World War Two and for those living in the cities there is no escape. Read all about it, Read all about it – We are now at war with Germany. The Appleton children run into the street to find their friends, excited to share the news that World War Two has now begun. The boys become fighter pilots and charge at each other as the girls run for cover. Inside their parents dwell on the challenges war will bring and worry for their children’s future. Millie and Thomas know that everything is about to change for the family and it’s not long before dad is called up to fight and mum is working in the munitions factory. Air raid sirens are constantly ringing out across the skies and nights down the shelter become predictable. The children’s spirits aren’t dampened though and still they find fun exploring the bombsites and becoming monsters in their gas masks. The threat of air strikes and gas attacks just become part of everyday life, until the decision is made to evacuate the children to the countryside. Mum cries as she waves goodbye from the station platform, but for Elsie, John and George a whole new adventure is about to begin, leaving their hometown for the first time ever as evacuees. The war years continue and all Millie and the children share from this part of their childhood are letters. Another Christmas passes and Millie makes the bold decision to bring her children home and fight the war together. After six years of upheaval the news they’ve all been waiting for is finally received – Read all about it, Read all about it – This is your victory. The Appleton family, their friends and the entire street come out to celebrate as war is finally over and victories finally here.

‘Read All About It’ is an excellent educational tool to aid learning in the classroom. The show will help reinforce historical facts as well as engaging and informing both performers and audiences alike.Featuring 5 original songs ‘Read All About It’ is a perfect musical for young people to perform.

Featuring 5 Original Songs:

  1. Chidren’s Leaders
  2. Read All About It
  3. We Are An Army
  4. We’re Going on a Journey
  5. Victory Day

ISBN: 978-1-912541-03-4 (Digital Download)

ISBN:978-1-912541-02-7 (Hard Copy)


Radio Presenter 11
Radio Presenter 21
Radio Presenter 31
Radio Presenter 41
Neville Chamberlain5
Paperboy 17
Paperboy 27
Paperboy 37
Paperboy 49
Paperboy 58
Paperboy 68
Paperboy 76
Paperboy 85
Paperboy 97
Paperboy 107
Paperboy 117
Paperboy 126
Paperboy 134

More Information


  • Children In Street Scenes
  • Air Raid Shelter
  • Train Station Evacuees

Chorus: 15+

Smallest Cast: 30

  1. Cut Paperboys from 15 to 4 and share lines between remaining Paperboys.
  2. Cut Teachers numbers from 4 to 1.
  3. Cut Evacuees numbers from 8 to 4 and share lines between remaining Evacuees.
  4. Cut ARP Wardens from 2 to 1.
  5. Double up ARP Warden and the Station Master
  6. Cut Radio Presenter from 4 to 1.
  7. Double up Mrs Frizzle and Mrs Gornall
  8. Don’t use any chorus.

If you require parts cutting any further please email and we’ll do the work for you.

Package Contents

Downloadable Version

  • Downloadable Script
  • Licence to Perform
  • Character List
  • Props List
  • Live Lyrics for Rehearsals
  • Backing Music & Sound Effects for Performance
  • Tailored Drama Exercises
  • Email Support
  • Video Licence (Not for Profit)
  • Poster
  • Tickets
  • Projected Backdrops
  • All Instantly Downloadable

Physical Version

  • Script
  • CD
  • Producers Pack Hard Copy (Includes General Drama Exercises, Tailored Drama Exercises, Props List, Character Info, Scene Breakdowns, Costumes, Staging, Lighting, Line Counts Per Scene.)


What Is This? It is illegal to perform, photocopy or video our scripts without a performance licence, a photocopying licence and a video licence. To keep things simple you can purchase our annual licence for one set fee to be covered to perform the show up to 8 times, reproduce the script and songs without worry within your school or business for 12 months from the date of purchase. The licence also allows parents or yourselves to video the finished production as long as it is not used for resale. (If you wish to produce videos for profit please contact us directly)

Script Samples

Song Samples

  • Children's Leaders
  • Read All About It
  • We Are An Army
  • We're Going On A Journey
  • Victory Day

4 reviews for Read All About It, World War 2

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katy Browne

    Fantastic show. The children really enjoyed the play and learnt lots along the way. Full of facts with catchy songs. A great experience all round.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nathan Unwin

    Kids and teachers loved it. Worked well with our topic to help retain facts and reinforce key events of WWII.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Debbie Kelly

    Read all about it. Ideal for our KS2. 5 stars.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura Gathercole

    What a fantastic show – perfect for year 5. The script was easy to follow and everything was provided to be able to produce and direct it. The children loved the songs and it provided many historical facts too. Definitely recommend.

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