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'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' by Robert Tressell, adapted by Dave Jeanes - songs and additional information.

'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' by Robert Tressell, adapted by Dave Jeanes
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The following songs are suggestions; other songs may be used at the discretion of the production. Performance rights for the script do not include rights for songs.
Song #Song
1Let The Lower Lights Be Burning (Philip Paul Bliss)
2For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow (Traditional)
3Work For The Night Is Coming (Music: Lowell Mason. Lyrics: Anna L Coghill )
4Goodbye, Dolly Gray (Music: Paul Barnes. Lyrics: Will D Cobb)
5Rule, Britannia! (Music: Thomas Arne. Lyrics: James Thomson)
6I Live In Trafalgar Square (C W Murphy)
7Two Lovely Black Eyes (Charles Coborn)
8God Save The King (Henry Carey)
9Away In A Manger (W J Kirkpatrick)
10Down At The Old Bull And Bush (Music: Harry Von Tilzer. Lyrics: Andrew B Sterling)
Period and Geography
Location: England. Time Period: 1900 to 1919
Settings and Set Complexity
Number of Sets: 5
Setting: Living Room, Cafe/Bar/Restaurant and Street
Set Requirements: Backdrops/simple flats
The script includes characters in the following age range(s):
Unspecified ages
13 to 16
 Language Advisory:Help
Swearing rate: 4 rude words per thousand
We have identified the following types of language in the text:
Sexual swearwords
Mild swearwords
Potential blasphemy
In addition to the text, the "Producer's Copy" of the Script includes the following:
A list of the required properties
A list of the suggested songs
Descriptions of the characters
A description of the set requirements
Miscellaneous notes from the author
Full-length play adapted from Robert Tressell's classic English Socialist novel of the same name.
A group of painters redecorate a house, all the while discussing life and how to make a living whilst being trodden on by their superiors. Frank Owen, one of their number, is a firm socialist who believes his ideals can end the poverty from which they all suffer. Railed against by his peers, can he sway them to his way of thinking, or will he turn to theirs? And, ultimately, will it make a difference either way?


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