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Neil Duffield

NEIL DUFFIELD

  

Nationality:    British
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Neil Duffield has written over 50 commissioned plays. Over 100 professional productions. Winner of the Arts Council of england Children's award 2006.

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below is a list of Neil Duffield's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Alice In Wonderland         Arabian Nights         Bolton Rising         Christmas Carol, A         Dancing In My Dreams         Devil At Coventry, The         Emperor And the Nightingale, The         Emperor's New Clothes         Firebird, The         House At Pooh Corner, The         Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The         Jungle Book, The         Leopard         Lost Warrior, The         Minotaur, The         Nanna's Nightingale         Secret Garden, The         Snow Queen, The         Stripy Tales         Talking With Angels         Twice Upon A Time         Ugly Duckling



Alice In Wonderland

Synopsis:
Inquisitive alice leads audiences down the rabbit hole into a mysterious wonderland of the imagination. Discover curious creatures, puzzling people and unravel marvellous mathematical mysteries as you join alice on her quest.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
the Mill, Banbury    20 Dec 2010

Organisations:
Oxfordshire Theatre Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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TYA

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Arabian Nights

Synopsis:
the exploits of ali Baba - 'Open Sesame' and so forth

Notes:
music by Janie Armour

1st Produced:
Midlands Arts Centre (MaC) Theatre, Birmingham    15 Nov 2002

Organisations:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  doubling

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Bolton Rising

Synopsis:
the year is 1812, the place is Bolton, and the fuse is lit. In a time of change, when new technology is reshaping the land and transforming people's lives, a crowd of desperate and impoverished Boltonians burn Westhoughton Mill to the ground. This is their story. a true tale of spies, planned insurrections, secret meetings, conspiracies, betrayals, and oaths sworn on pain of death.

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Organisations:
activ8 Youth Theatre.

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-   -

Music:
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Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Christmas Carol, A

Synopsis:
Treat yourself to a generous helping of traditional Christmas fayre with our classic tale, beautifully adapted for stage by Neil Duffield. This much loved story perfectly captures the magic of Christmas and positively sparkles on stage with an ensemble cast playing the many memorable characters -Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Mrs Fezziwig, Tiny Tim and, of course, the old humbug himself, Ebenezer Scrooge Esquire! Scrooge is shown the cruel mistakes and misconceptions he has made during his life when the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit him one cold and wintry night in December. He comes to his senses and realizes that there is more to life than being mean and miserable - and that a kind heart and generous spirit makes the world a happier place for everyone

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Organisations:
Tiebreak Touring Theatre

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Music:
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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Dancing In My Dreams

Synopsis:
When the bombs begin to fall, Kathleens life is changed forever as she is forced to abandon her London home for the farms and fields of the countryside. She escapes from this strange, unsettling new world into the music and dance of Fred astaire and Ginger Rogers. Dancing in My Dreams is a musical play by award-winning international playwright Neil Duffield, inspired by the many children whose lives were changed forever by the experience of living in wartime Britain. With dance and songs from the 1930s, this enchanting play embraces the harsh reality of being an evacuee whilst exposing the new-found freedom of life in the British countryside.

Notes:
part of the 24:7 showcase

1st Produced:
Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton    16 Jun 2009

Organisations:
Oxfordshire Theatre Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Devil At Coventry, The

Synopsis:
a play that was specially commissioned to complement the Mysteries 2003. the Devil at Coventry is set in the 14th Century and tells the tale of ellen Green, a poacher, and a loner from Brinklow near Coventry, whose life begins to change when she agrees to play the Devil in the Medieval Coventry Mystery Plays.

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Genre:
site specific

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Emperor And the Nightingale, The

Synopsis:
Based on a Hans andersen story. Wu is a young emperor who has never left his palace. His servant Xiao tells him that she knows of the most precious thing in the entire world and encourages him to leave the safety of the palace to find it. they travel together across the globe having wonderful adventures and meeting incredible animals including the rain cloud-breathing dragon and a mischievous monkey. On arrival at her home in the mountains Wu discovers the great beauty in the wondrous Nightingale. He takes it back with him and demands the bird sing when he chooses. the bird will only sing when it feels free and is replaced by a clockwork copy, whereupon the Nightingale flies away. When it stops working he realises that he has been selfish in his demands and makes the journey back to the mountain to find the precious bird.

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1st Produced:
the Watermill Theatre, Newbury    28 Nov 2003

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
TYA

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Emperor's New Clothes

Synopsis:
a play with music, based on the story by Hans Christian andersen for children aged 5 and over, and their friends, families and teachers. the emperor is a very vain man, whose only worry in life is to dress in elegant clothes. When he hears of two tailors who have created a magical cloth woven from the finest silks, he has to have an outfit made from it. they tell him that the cloth is so magical that it will appear invisible to stupid people. When the outfit is finished, no-one in the Court dares to tell the emperor they can't see the cloth. as the emperor parades proudly through the city, in his fine new clothes, a small child, who has not heard about the magical cloth, shouts out that the emperor has nothing on. . .

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1st Produced:
Midlands Arts Centre (MaC) Theatre, Birmingham    18 Nov 2005

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Music:
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Genre:
play with music

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Firebird, The

Synopsis:
Several Russian folk tales are fused together in this charming and magical adventure for you~ and old alike. Prince Ivan's mission to capture the Firebird takes him first to the castle of Kosch~ the sorcerer, from whom the Firebird has been stolen by the wicked Baba Yaga. With a SO~ hearted Wolf and the wooden-hearted Princess Vasilisa (bewitched by Koschei) accompanyj~ him, Ivan travels on to Baba Yaga's hut where the final struggle commences . . . Music, magic, puppetry and comedy infuse this delightful story.

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 2005   -

Music:
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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  playing 5m 6f

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House At Pooh Corner, The

Synopsis:
Somewhere "in the enchanted place on top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear always be playing." a loving and faithful rendering of this classic children's book in which you can share the adventures of Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, eeyore, Tiger, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Owl.

Notes:
from book by A A Milne

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The

Synopsis:
This haunting new adaptation of this epic novel peels away the cracked layers of medieval Parisian society to expose both the inherent danger and the glorious possibility of human desire.

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1st Produced:

Organisations:
Ludus Dance

1st Published:
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Music:
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Jungle Book, The

Jungle Book, The
In this theatrical production of the much-loved tale, we follow Mowgli, the boy-cub, as he meets Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther and fights the terrifying tiger Shere Khan. after life in the jungle, can Mowgli ever return to his village?

Notes:
from stories by Rudyard Kipling. Stage Adaptation of the classic tale with songs And original music by Conor Mitchell

1st Produced:
Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee    28 Nov 1998

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Aurora Metro Press, London, UK >>>    978-1-906582-26-5

Music:
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Genre:
Christmas Show Show

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Leopard

Synopsis:
Long, long ago, when the moon and stars were no more than children, the earth had no trees, no flowers, no plants, no insects, no birds, no animals and no people. Just rocks and sand. In the desert, only one creature lived. Its name was Leopard. east African myths combine with music and dance. Fantasy and reality merge in this enchanting piece for four to eight year olds and their families.

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TYA

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Lost Warrior, The

Synopsis:
Drawing on ancient myths and legends, the Lost Warrior is an exciting fantasy which will thrill children and adults alike. Oisin (Usheen) is a young Celtic warrior who guarded the shores of Lough Leane a hundred lifetimes ago. aideen is a modern-day Irish teenager. When fate draws them together, strange things start to happen. Stones talk. Horses gallop across water. and an army of elves and goblins takes to the air. Call all this be real or is aideen really 'away with the fairies'?

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Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Minotaur, The

Synopsis:
Beyond the realms of place and time, there 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.' theseus and Daedalus. One a warrior, the other an artist. Rivals for their father's love. One wins, the other loses, but each now faces the terror of their own worst nightmare. Based on the ancient Greek 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.

Notes:
Music - Matthew Bugg

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Organisations:
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Genre:
TYA

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Nanna's Nightingale

Synopsis:
a musical play for 3-7's. When Sally and her big floppy dog, Che, move to their new home they soon make friends with their next door neighbour, Nanna Sidhu, who tells stories to make a young girl's eyes bulge! But making friends with Lloyd, who lives in the house on the other side, is not so easy. What Lloyd hasn't got isn't worth having. That is until Nanna Sidhu starts to tell them about the Nightingale. . .Based on Hans Christian anderson's story 'the Nightingale', Nanna's Nightingale is a beautiful tale for the under sevens, of friends, foes and forgiveness which shows that stories aren't always just for bedtime. . .

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1st Produced:

Organisations:
action Transport

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Secret Garden, The

Synopsis:
an orphan is sent to stay with her reclusive uncle. Bossy, snobbish and aloof, Mary does not at first fit into her new life, and important changes are wrought in her.

Notes:
book by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1999   -

Music:
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Genre:
adaptation

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Snow Queen, The

Synopsis:
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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Stripy Tales

Synopsis:
an adventure of animals, magic and music for 3-8 year olds.

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Organisations:
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Talking With Angels

Synopsis:
This beautiful play is inspired by the turbulent life of Joan of arc. as relevant today as it ever was, Joan's story, with its themes of justice, empowerment and growing up, shows that, with true belief in yourself the most ordinary person - a girl like you or a boy like me - can alter the course of history. a play to inspire children everywhere.

Notes:
music - Steve Byrne

1st Produced:
Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells    07 Oct 2001

Organisations:
Quicksilver Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Childrens play

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Twice Upon A Time

Synopsis:
about changing worlds, time, love and mystical creatures

Notes:
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Organisations:
Dundee Rep Youth Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Play/Drama

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Ugly Duckling

Synopsis:
an ugly duckling who dreamt of becoming a shimmering swan

Notes:
story by Hans Christian Anderson

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Genre:
Youth audience

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