"The word 'bittersweet' was invented for plays like C.P. Taylor's And a Nightingale Sang," was the lead line in the New York Times review of this show when it played at Lincoln Center. There are seven excellent roles for your cast in this touching and often funny play about the growth of an English family during the war. As the Times critic put it, "The author finds understated farce in the midst of would-be grief." One of the daughters, a plain girl with a limp who doubts that any man will ever find her of interest, is the center of the play, and her wry point of view propels the play which, quoting the Times critic again, "...brings the rambunctious household up to a high comic boil. There are telling glimpses of small lives eked out on the edge of momentous events." To present this play is to involve your cast and audience in a family experience that is immediate, touching, and ultimately universal.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code A31000
- Cast Size 7
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 120 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871297839
- "And A Nightingale Sang is a period piece set in WWII over several years that showcases a family that is dealing with their individual turmoil. The most fun part about doing this play is the versatility in the characters, and how they evolve throughout the play. We had fun exploring the comedy/drama chemistry between the actors, as well as working on our New Castle, England accents. Overall, the play was well written and multiple opportunities to tell specific parts of this ever-evolving tale of human nature and the importance of family."
- Review by Vanessa Estrada, Clint High School, Clint, Texas
- "A beautiful story with great warmth and personal growth. A small cast with great ensemble potential. Many tender moments that create realistic situations dealing with personal struggles, war, communism, pregnancy, religion, age and love."
- Review by Greg Arp, Plano High School, Plano, Texas
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "The most challenging aspect was ensuring the specificity of the props to WWII New Castle, England setting, so begin props and costumes as early as possible to create as much of the WWII setting as possible."
- Tip by Vanessa Estrada, Clint High School, Clint, Texas
- "Keep it simple. The story is so touching that costumes and scenery should be kept simple and at a minimum."
- Tip by Greg Arp, Plano High School, Plano, Texas