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Home Before Dark, or the Saga of Miss Edie Hill

Jimmie Chinn

Full Length Play, Drama  /  9f, 12m

Home Before Dark, or the Saga of Miss Edie Hill
by Jimmie Chinn

In this portrait of a small cotton mill town in Lancashire, Edie Hill is essentially portrayed as a tragic heroine: she works hard; raises an illegitimate son, and loses her family one by one as they fall victim to the cotton dust from years spent at…

Home Before Dark, or the Saga of Miss Edie Hill

by  Jimmie Chinn

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    9f, 12m
  • Duration
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    120 minutes (2 hours)
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    • Appropriate for all audiences
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HOME BEFORE DARK

In this heart-warming and emotional portrait of a small cotton mill town in Lancashire, Edie Hill is essentially protrayed as a tragic heroine: she works hard all her life, raises an illegitimate son, and loses her family one by one as they fall victim to the cotton dust from years spent labouring at the mill. At the same time, however, Edie is a truly funny character, and the tragc points in her saga are interspersed with moments of great warmth and humour.

Period: The eighteen years spanning from 1946 to 1964.

A wonderful variety of characters in a play suitable for adults and youth groups.

History

The play was first presented by the Youth Action Theatre (YAT) at Hampton Court Theatre on the 13th March 1993.

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Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
Cautions
  • Smoking

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Details

  • Time Period: 1950s, 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable

Casting

9f, 12m
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras
M12 (teenage-40s, 2 black) F9 (teenage-middle-age).

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Jimmie Chinn

James 'Jimmie' Chinn was born in Middleton, Lancashire on March 30th 1940 - the only son of his beloved mother, Edie. His early years, although not always easy, were to shape his writing in the future, and this often difficult time compounded his determination to achieve greater things. He was drawn ...

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