Neil Duffield Playwright

email: n.duffield1@ntlworld.com

phone: +44.01204409729


For script copies, performing rights, etc. contact Neil Duffield at n.duffield1@ntlworld.com    Phone +44. 01204 409729

THE MACHINE STOPS
An adaptation of E.M.Forster’s short story masterpiece - a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology. Commissioned and first produced by York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre, May/June 2016 at York Theatre Royal. Cast size: 4 actors.  PRESS REVIEWS


THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

An adaptation of the Victor Hugo Novel. Commissioned and first produced by the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster (2006). Suitable for casts sizes 8 or over.  PRESS REVIEWS  Published by Aurora Metro Publications in 'Plays of Love and Conflict' ISBN 978-1910798799


THE ROAD TO GLORY

'A group of young villagers, some of them barely out of childhood, enlist in the army and set off to claim the throne of France for England. Combining fact and fantasy, the play takes us on a journey from the peace of rural England to the bloody battlefield of Agincourt, where the villagers come face to face with the mightiest army in Europe. What happens will change their lives forever.'  Commissioned by The Point, Eastleigh and produced as a youth theatre production. Published by Aurora Metro Publications ISBN 978-1-906582-80-7.  Cast size flexible - minimum fifteen. 


DANCING IN MY DREAMS

Tells the story of a young wartime evacuee from London, who is placed with an unwilling foster family in Cheshire. She copes with the hostility and prejudice by escaping into a world of dancing and the music of the 1930’s. Commissioned and first produced by Action Transport Theatre. Suitable for small or large cast productions spanning a wide age range, children to adult.


TWICE UPON A TIME

'Somewhere in the distant future - after the great climate change and the raising of the oceans, when the wars of hunger and the collapse of civilisation are but half-forgotten memories, The Cailleach, a shape changing immortal who appears in whatever form she wishes, sets out to entice our hero into the Otherworld, a place where time has no meaning, where past and future cease to exist, and where a single moment equals eternity.'  

Suitable for a large cast of 14-18 year olds. Commissioned and first produced by the Dundee Rep Youth Theatre (2009).  Published: Aurora Metro Press in 'Plays for Youth Theatre and Large Casts'    ISBN 978-1-906582067


THE MINOTAUR

'Beyond the realms of place and time, exists a land where dreams are truth and truth is dreams, where the world of the flesh meets the world of the spirit. The name of this land is Myth.' The Minotaur is a story for all time and all people, a tale of adventure and intrigue, of love and betrayal, of fear of the unknown, and of two cultures each bent on revenge. Suitable for large or small cast productions. Audiences aged 8 and upwards. Commissioned and first produced by The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.Published: Aurora Metro Press in 'Plays for Youth Theatre and Large Casts'    ISBN 978-1-906582067   PRESS REVIEWS


SMALL FRY

A 35 minute play suitable for performance by a large cast of junior school children or a younger youth theatre group. First performed at Dundee Rep, York Theatre Royal, Plymouth Theatre Royal and Polka in the summer of 2008. 'Neil Duffield has created a play that pits dragons, predators, scavengers and small fry all against each other in a battle for power, ownership and belonging. This play is an excellent example of how drama can encourage and support team work, and also explores the intricate nature of how the different types of people living in the world interact with each other. Small Fry is an excellent example of ensemble theatre and makes us remember that not all of the big bullies have the power.'   Published: Aurora Metro Press in 'Plays for Youth Theatre and Large Casts'    ISBN 978-1-906582067


TALKING WITH ANGELS

Based on the story of Joan of Arc. Suitable for large or small cast productions. Audiences aged 8 and upwards. Commissioned and first produced by Quicksilver Theatre Company, London. Numerous further productions. Published: Aurora Metro Press in 'Plays for Youth Theatre and Large Casts'    ISBN 978-1-906582067


LILFORD MILL

Using as a backdrop the transfer of 2000 German prisoners from detention in a barracks in Templemore, County Tipperary, to a disused mill in Lancashire early in World War 1, the play concerns itself with the complex triangle of political relations between Ireland, Britain and Germany at that time – and how those relationships affected the lives of ordinary people from all three countries. Commissioned and first produced by Pit Prop Theatre, Wigan. Cast size 5 actors. Suitable for a general audience. 

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WITH ALL MY LOVE

In 1931, during the demolition of an old police station in Western Australia, a workman discovers a kangaroo skin pouch containing a tattered bundle of letters. They were addressed to a convict and written to him by his wife in England between the years 1865 and 1878. At first glance they appear to contain no more than mundane items of news and expressions of affection, but beneath the surface an extraordinary story begins to emerge – a tale of conspiracy and betrayal, of family feuds and deep-held secrets, of a man battered to death at the dead of night, of a love affair ripped apart, and of one woman’s struggle to keep faith with a husband transported to the other side of the world. Suitable for large cast productions, aimed at a general audience. Commissioned and first produced by Rotherham Rep.Published by Aurora Metro Publications in 'Plays of Love and Conflict'  ISBN 978-1910798799


BROTHERS IN ARMS

About conscientious objectors in World War 1. Using a mixture of story-telling theatre and song, the play draws on the true story of Bert and Phil Brocklesby, two brothers from a Yorkshire pit village – one of whom steadfastly refused to fight while the other volunteered and was sent off to serve on the front line in France. Minimum cast size 8 actors. Aimed at a general audience. Originally commissioned by Riding Lights Theatre Company, York.Published by Aurora Metro Publications  in 'Plays of Love and Conflict' ISBN 978-1910798799

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