A fascinating story, with plenty of conflict.
A drama in three acts. Multi-roles requiring a minimum of six actors (four men and two women). More could be used if available. Setting: England and Germany.
Based on J. A. Cole's biography of William Joyce and his wife Margaret. Joyce was hanged for treason in 1946: hated in Britain for his propaganda broadcasts from Germany, he was in his own way a sincere and intelligent man. The play is structured around his actual radio broadcasts (recorded by the BBC), using them to lead into scenes of his life during and just prior to the war. The fascinating historical and legal details make up a large part of the play, with many little ironies --such as the fact that Joyce was found guilty of treason while not actually being British, making the legality of his execution highly dubious. More important is the developing love relationship between him and his wife, which included among other things their divorce and subsequent re-marriage. Paradoxically, a convinced Fascist, and a violent (if theoretical) anti-semite, was at the same time a warm human being, devoted to his wife and totally selfless in his personal life. At other times he could be bitingly sarcastic--producing, I think, entertaining dialogue. As told to me by Mr. Cole, Margaret Joyce's later assessment of her husband (used to conclude the play) was that he was "very intelligent, very sweet... and a bloody fool."
Public reading at Queen's University in 1988. Finalist in the Theatre BC’s Canadian National Playwriting Competition, 2001 (in top 7 out of 113) and workshopped in Kamloops, BC.
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