'All Change' Final Script Act 2 (1977).
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In “The Newport Hundreds” it states that it was customary, towards the end of the nineteenth century, for bands of children to collect greenery on May Day and proceed from house to house in Wolverton singing songs. To reflect the shift in the play from the grim frontier town days, to Wolverton, the established ...
Scene 1 : Queen Victoria visits Wolverton.
The main source for this scene was material in ‘Stokers and Pokers’, written from personal observation in 1850, at about the time of Queen Victoria’s visit to Wolverton. The account contains a detailed description of the town, the railway locomotive works, the allotments, the library and the schools. ...
Scene 2 : James McConnell, New Locomotive Superintendent. ...
Scene 3 : A Railway Accident at Wolverton.
This account of the accident was recorded in the Northampton Mercury. Several issues covered the gruesome details of the accident and the inquest that followed.
(Descriptions adapted from the script notes in ‘All Change’ booklet – 1977).
Scene 4 : Wolverton Men on Strike.
The Rev. Awdry provided detailed information, supplied to him in a letter from McConnell’s grandson which describes the reaction of the station men to changes that McConnell was introducing.
A second strike was averted when men from Wolverton refused to join the men of the Northern Section of the ...
Scene 5 : McConnell and the Radcliffe Trustees.
Wolverton’s expansion brought McConnell into contact with the guardians of the John Radcliffe Trust. In a bid to inhibit growth they refused to sell land around Wolverton. The Company turned to a Stantonbury farmer who allowed them to buy the land on which they built the ‘model ...
Scene 6 : Rivalry between Wolverton and Crewe.
McConnell came into conflict with a new breed of railway entrepreneur. Richard Moon represented something of a new philosophy in the industrial development of nineteenth-century England. His loyalty was to the shareholders and their demand for quick returns on an investment. McConnell’s ‘Bloomer’ locomotive, although cheap to ...
Scene 7 : The Trent Dispatches.
The conflict between McConnell and Moon, between profit and engineering pride, is symbolised in the story of the Trent Dispatches.
The Rev. Awdry collated three different accounts of the historic train run and discerned the truth about it, at odds with what looked like a biased press release from ...
Scene 8: All Change
This phase of Wolverton’s story ends on a moment of temporary setback. The finale, with everyone on stage includes a last chorus of the ‘All Change’ song. The note of determination to pave the way for a better future seemed appropriate to the mood then prevalent in Milton Keynes as the ...