No Finer Life
A Dogwood Production by Graham Harvey
“A really lovely story, beautifully told.” London Theatre April 2017
Graham Harvey, for twenty years the Agricultural Story Editor of The Archers and writer of more than 600 episodes, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero and an enduring romance.
Set in the Oxfordshire countryside at the end of World War Two, rich in tradition and full of vivid, memorable characters. But this is no nostalgic, bucolic ramble.
This is Elizabeth’s story...
What inspires a young Somerset land girl to set off in search of a best selling author in the darkest days of war? The story moves between the 1940s and the current day, reflecting that the love of the countryside, the need to protect it and issues of national identity, are timeless. “When peace is won, we fight for the land we love”…
Graham Harvey will be taking part in an after-show conversation – included in the ticket price -where he will discuss the issues in the play…and all things Ambridge!
Elizabeth is played by Rebecca Bailey and the show is directed by James Le Lacheur, who has recently spent a year in London’s West End in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The show features new live music composed and performed by Alastair Collingwood, who has written scores for numerous theatre shows, including Betty in London’s West End, directed by Kathy Burke, and Cora with Dana Gillespie, which also toured the USA. His TV credits include the title music for French and Saunders (BBC1), Rhona (BBC 2), Vanessa’s Real Lives (ITV 1) and How Clean Is Your House? (Channel 4), amongst many others.
Includes after show discussion with Graham Harvey
Approximate running time: 85 minutes plus interval
Anticipated duration of after-show discussion: 20 minutes
Interval: 15 minutes
Interval between production and discussion: 15 minutes
£12 per ticket. Bar available.
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For directions to the venue, visit www.medwaycentre.co.uk
For more information about the production, visit www.nofinerlife.co.uk
What the papers say
“Bailey’s performance is a mini masterpiece as she slips effortlessly between age and encounter, with warmth, wonderment, and magnificent spiky humour.” Chichester Observer, September 2017
“Made magical by Alastair Collingwood’s musical scores.” Mid Sussex Times, September 2017
- The Medway Community Centre, New Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DY