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The Theatre on the Steps brings brand new drama to its stage with

 

NO FINER LIFE by Graham Harvey

MUSIC COMPOSED by Alastair Collingwood

DIRECTED BY James Le Lacheur

PERFORMED BY Rebecca Bailey

 

Graham Harvey, for twenty years the Agricultural Story Editor of The Archersand 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 searchof 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”…

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.

 

Rebecca Bailey   

Rebecca trained at the Birmingham School of Acting. Her theatre work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Courtyard Theatre, London), With a Clock in Mind (Troubadour Theatre, London), An Impossible Dream of Life (Hôtel Teatro) and The Snow Dog (Edinburgh Pleasance).

She has also toured extensively with the leading theatre company for young people, Full House, in productions including The Night Before Christmas, The Bravest Mouse, The Elves & the Shoemaker, A Christmas Carol and Beauty and the Beast.

Rebecca starred in the 2013 movie I’m Still Here and she can also be seen in The Smoke, Man in The Mirror and the sci-fi movie, Embrace Eternity. She also pops up in commercials for Birdseye and Age UK.

James Le Lacheur   

James trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama and his stage appearances include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Colchester Mercury Theatre), Black Sheep (Soho Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Sam Wanamaker Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Anna Karenina (Royal Court). James can currently be seen in the forthcoming film All the Money in the World, directed by Ridley Scott, and more than a dozen shorts, music videos and commercials.

He has variously written, directed and performed for his own company, Fast Parson Theatre, in Gaigai Tauna: The Snake Man, Amplexus: An Amphibious Duet and The Curious Incident of the Frog in My Sightline.

Other credits as director include the upcoming feature film Still Love, adapted from their stage play This Life is Mine, and Emotion Pictures Theatre’s Last Petal Falling. He is also a founding member of the improvised musical Multiverse.

Graham Harvey   

A townie by birth, Graham has had a life-long fascination with the countryside and those who live and work within it. .As a student, he stumbled across a battered copy of George Henderson’s book, The Farm Ladder, and it has been an inspiration ever since and inspires this latest play.

In the mid-1980s he joined the script-writing team of the long-running radio series The Archers, since when he has written more than 600 episodes. He spent twenty years as Agricultural Storyline Editor, creating some of the best-loved characters and most memorable plots.

His stage plays include The Shearing Gang, The Process, and The Darkness of the Sun, the story of writer Henry Williamson. For TV, he has written episodes of The Bill and the space adventure, Jupiter Moon.

Graham’s journalism includes writing for The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, New Scientist, and Country Life and for three years he wrote the Old Muckspreader column in Private Eye. His books include The Killing of the Countryside, The Forgiveness of Nature, We Want Real Food and The Carbon Fields.

 

 

 

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