Faith, Hope and CHARLIE by Marc Coyle
This play is based on the true life of Indigenous WW2 Hero Tommy Prince in a fictional bank robbery.
Set in the early 50's before universal health care, Tommy needs to raise $5,000 to get his son a life saving surgery. Left with few options he decides to rob a bank. The problem is, even with his military background, he cares about people to much to see them get hurt and when the bank doesn't have $5,000 in cash things really get complicated.
The bank manager Charlie also wants to make sure no one gets hurt and while Chief of police Leland "Barbarian" Barber raises the stakes outside the bank, Charlie goes to work trying to outsmart them all.
A funny, heartfelt comedy that entertains while gently examining what could have been, had Tommy Price come home to the heroes welcome he deserved after the war.
Keywords: indigenous, first nations, Indian, ww2, world war 2, bank robbery, 1940's, 1950's, hope, uplifting, inspiring, racism
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Run time: 60 minutes
Suitable for students 14+
Content notes: Tommy has a gun (fake), Arthur has a gun (real) there is one gunshot into the ceiling. Tommy discusses WW2 events. None of which are graphic or portray violence.
Cast size: 9 actors
Male roles: 6
Female roles: 3
Casting notes: This play could be performed with 6 female and 2 male actors with the males being Tommy and Chief Barber.
Arthur, Dougie, Glenn and Charlie can transition to strong female roles pretty readily.
Tommy is an Indigenous person but not portrayed in a traditional manner. If done respectfully any actor should be able to perform the role.