Drama with British music hall songs. By Jennifer Fell Hayes.
Cast: 7m., 8w., chorus. Time and Tide, timeless in its themes and characters, juxtaposes two colorful worlds: a Yorkshire fishing village of a hundred years ago and a traveling British music hall show. "In a small 19th-century fishing village on the East Coast of Yorkshire, England, live fisher folk and Pierrots, a traveling theatrical troupe who entertain on the beaches on warm summer days to the chagrin of the hard-working fishermen, who see them as lazy and no good. Set deep in the somber colors of life against the sea, this play captures the power of the meager existence and the beauty of this people's language." (Children's Book and Play Review) Young people, performers and audiences alike love the clash of people against the sea, a tender bittersweet romance, and the high jinks of "theatre about theatre." The drama is punctuated by music hall songs and the roar of the sea, represented by a "chorus" whose powerful imagery and gorgeous language make a music of their own. Time and Tide, offering a broad range of solid roles and musical numbers, is ideal for a middle-school or high-school company's "big" production. Approximate running time: 90 minutes.