THE BLITZ OF FRIARS GATE
Ed Murrow was an American broadcaster who famously broadcast live from England to the USA during the height of the blitz. He always started his broadcasts with; 'This......is London' - the pause was deliberate. - He then went on to describe to the American public the events and day to day life of Londoners during these desperate times. During the early part of World War 2 the audience for his CBS broadcasts to America was about 4 million listeners. By the time the Blitz was at its height in early 1941, over 60 million radio sets were tuned in for his nightly broadcasts. So eloquent was he with his descriptions, so dramatic were his choice of words, it was said of him; 'Newsreels shown in the cinemas are in black and white, but Ed Murrow's broadcasts are in full colour.' There is no doubt that Murrow's reports and broadcasts about the bravery and fortitude of those ordinary men and woman during the dark days, firmly put the American public behind the British cause. A year later of course, the two nations were fighting side by side against the axis of evil.
Our play centres upon a group of people, from all walks of life, as they shelter in the London Underground. We explore their personal tribulations, their character and relationships. As we share their laughter and their tears. it is the narrative of Ed Murrow that drives the action and sets the scenes. 'Good night.....and good luck.'