Home Child by Laura Teasdale
In 1894, Poppy James is scooped up off the streets of London and sent across the vast Atlantic Ocean to live and work with a Canadian family. She finds her place in the family, growing ever closer to the eldest son, Matthew, while struggling to keep the shocking truth of her journey secret. Based on a true story.
An outdoor play made for touring (that can also be played inside)
Keywords: child immigration, home children, history, romance, Canada, teens, Franco-Canadian, Acadian, true story, home girl, home boy, young audiences, outdoor, touring, based on a true story.
Produced by Sunshine Theatre/Path Productions, Lac Brome, Quebec, 2016
Toured in 2017, 2019 and 2023
Genre: Comedy/Drama, Play with Music, Historical
Run time: 65 minutes
Suitable for students 12+
Content note: Contains some description of physical abuse.
Cast size: 2 actors
Male roles: 1
Female roles: 1
Casting note: Actors depict the characters at three different ages (13, 16 & 18 years old). The boy has a Franco-Canadian mother and could have a bit of an Acadian or Quebecois accent, but it is not a necessity. They sing, but don't have to be singers.