The Battle of Fyfield

Author:   Nick Smith
Publisher:   Beercott Books
ISBN:  

9781999742959


Pages:   76
Publication Date:   31 December 2018
Format:   Paperback
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The Battle of Fyfield


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The Battle of Fyfield tells the story of a small village's struggle to prevent a new town being built on adjacent farmland owned by an Oxford college. Giles Debbage, the play's focal character, lives in the village's old schoolhouse or, more specifically, in a cellar-office, thanks to marital difficulties. In a vain bid to impress his wife Alice and two teenage daughters, he and a neighbour hatch a plot to kidnap a celebrity don from the college in question. They hope to blackmail the college into abandoning its plans to sell the farmland for development. The kidnap goes ahead but there are a number of surprising revelations and tragi-comic consequences. The Battle of Fyfield is perfect for a smallish, mixed-age cast. All the action takes place on a single, simple set and there are no special costume requirements. It is a mixture of comedy, history and contemporary satire, but it asks important questions about change within rural communities, the role of academic institutions, the power of social media and the future of family life. The play is based on real-life events and, although no such kidnap was ever attempted, the publicity for the play in the local press contributed to the eventual shelving of plans for the new town to be built. It will be an inspiration to any villages and towns faced with unwanted developments.

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Author:   Nick Smith
Publisher:   Beercott Books
Imprint:   Beercott Books
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 0.40cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.102kg
ISBN:  

9781999742959


ISBN 10:   1999742958
Pages:   76
Publication Date:   31 December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Nick Smith is a playwright, novelist, academic and musician. Most of his plays have a historical or literary aspect, including Free Love, a comic drama set in the 1810s, Yusupov and Rasputin, a comedy about the last days of the Romanovs, and a comedy musical version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He is a recent winner of the Oxfordshire Drama Network Playwriting Prize. Nick's 2016 novel, Drowned Hogg Day, was well received and he has also published two bridge books, Bridge Literature and Bridge Behind Bars. He has appeared on about 20 TV quiz shows, including Mastermind, Only Connect, Eggheads and Countdown. A former academic, Nick is the founder and Principal of Oxford Open Learning, the UK's leading home-education school. He lives in Fyfield, Oxfordshire.

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