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It's late 1941 and St Cecilia's School for Young Ladies is well into rehearsal for 'The Mikado', to be presented in May for Founder's Day. But when Japan enters the war, the Bishop (or rather the Bishop's wife) decrees that 'The Mikado' would be quite unsuitable. The school's efforts to overcome this disaster become entwined with the activities of the local VDF (Home Guard), which meets at the school. When some girls attempt to explain the plot of 'The Mikado' to a young VDF recruit, he thinks they are talking about a real event, and relates a garbled version to his captain. The play climaxes in an 'invasion' of the school during Founder's Day.
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EXTRACT: Girls..... These are dark and uncertain times but we must all steel ourselves to do our duties to the utmost of our abilities. Remember the school motto - Duty Above All. Remember, too, our blessed Cecilia - saint and martyr. Did she shirk from her duties? Certainly not. She sang to heaven as the fire swirled around her. Let her be an inspiration to us all.We must work hard and we must play hard and we must all look forward to happier days to come. I, for one, have complete faith that we, The British Race, will win through.