Mrs Komotsky's garden. Mrs Komotsky explains that she wants to ask the boys about her new mobile phone, which her daughter has given her so that she can remain in touch wherever she is. She tells the boys that her daughter explained how to use the phone, but now it doesn't seem to be working.
Andy takes a look at the phone and decides that the battery is dead and needs charging.
Andy then asks Mrs Komotsky 'how come she speaks such good English'. She initially doesn't understand and then realises that Andy is making an assumption that she is foreign because of her surname. So Mrs Komotsky tells them her story...
Scene 5. Mrs Komotsky's story
Mrs Komotsky tells Kenny and Andy how as a young woman she travelled abroad. Shortly after the war broke out and the country was invaded and although she had the opportunity to leave she decided to stay - because she had fallen in love and married a journalist - called Piotr Komotsky.
Piotr Komotsky used his profession to speak out about the occupation and had to go into hiding to protect himself. One day they learnt that the hideout had been discovered and that they would shortly be arrested. Now escape was the only option. Finally the couple made it over the border and were able to escape back to Mrs Komotsky's native home - England. She ends by telling the boys that she and Piotr raised a family and remained happily married until Piotr's death.
Back in the classroom. Kenny and Andy are just ending a report to the class about their visit to Mrs Komotsky's house. Her wartime story has made a big impression on them and they realise too the significance of Piotr's battle for freedom of expression. Their attitude to the School Council has changed too: after all it's what Piotr was fighting for, the chance for everyone to have their say.
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Commemorate the outbreak of WW1 by staging our specially-written play 'Archie Dobson's War'.
Our new abridgement of Michael Morpurgo's moving WW1 story 'Private Peaceful' begins 17/01/2014.
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