Using a mixture of storytelling, theatre and song, Brothers in Arms draws on the true story of two brothers from a Yorkshire pit village – one of whom steadfastly refused to fight in World War I, while the other volunteered and served on the front line in France. Cast: eight minimum
Plays by Neil Duffield
In ancient China, the young emperor Wu is kept a virtual prisoner in his palace by his scheming guardian, Li Si. For Wu, the world outside the Forbidden City is a dangerous place. But when he hears Xiao, a young peasant girl, talk of the most beautiful sound on earth – the song of the nightingale – it's too much to resist. The two embark on an adventure that will take them across mountaintops and waterfalls, past chattering monkeys and fire-belching dragons to the far reaches of his kingdom. But Wu has an ulterior motive that could threaten the peace of the kingdom. Neil Duffield's reworking of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale, The Nightingale (1844), like his earlier adaptation of Andersen's The Snow Queen, brings a timeless classic into the 21st century. With appeal to family audiences and more, Duffield's plays are performed regularly by schools and other amateur groups, as well receiving regular professional productions nationwide. Productions of this play include Theatre by the Lake, Keswick (2017); The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster (2002); The Watermill Theatre, Newbury (2003) and Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham (2003).
Adapted from Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is 'remarkably faithful to the author's original intention: a faultless production.' (The Morning Star). Cast: eight minimum
A timeless story brought to life for the stage in this vibrant version by the award-winning children’s playwright Neil Duffield. The play has been performed in the UK, USA and Canada. Mowgli, the lost boy and his loyal friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther transport us to the jungle in a story that has touched the hearts of generations. Can Mowgli discover the secret of man’s red flower? Can he fight off the terrifying tiger, Shere Khan? Will he be able to overcome the many dangers of the jungle and live there happily? Or will he leave his wild friends and join the humans in the village? Faithful to Kipling’s original beloved story, this adaptation has proven popular with theatres worldwide.
Based on a true story about the lives of a convict and his family following his transportation to Western Australia, With All My Love is a tale of conspiracy and betrayal, of family feuds and deep-held secrets, of a 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.
Neil Duffield has worked as a full-time professional playwright for almost 35 years and his plays have been staged extensively in theatres throughout Britain and abroad. Recent work includes: The Machine Stops (York Theatre Royal); The Ugly Duckling (Northumberland Theatre Company); The Road to Glory (The Point, Eastleigh); A Christmas Carol (Derby Theatre, Edinburgh Lyceum, Bolton Octagon); The Firebird (Dundee Rep); Dancing in My Dreams (Oxfordshire Theatre Company); The Minotaur and Leopard (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster). His play The Lost Warrior (commissioned by the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster) won the Arts Council England Children's Award in 2006 for work that displays excellence, inspiration and innovation in children's theatre. Neil Duffield lives in Bolton with his partner, Eileen Murphy, and loves to spend as much time as possible with their four young grandchildren, Toby, Gabriel, Clyde and Beatrice.