HANDSOME IN ENGLAND
"I have a dream of some green and empty corner of England..."
Handsome In England is a new piece by K.T. Bird. It is rooted in the Midlands, and explores the permanence and strength of love in an increasingly difficult and politically crippling world. This tragedy follows two love stories.
In a Britain which is unrecognisable, The Black Country is now an independent socialist state, resembling golden era Soviet Union. The story takes place at Shareshill and Essington Collective Farm Number 4, Staffordshire. As the world that Amos and his once fellow revolutionaries The Octobrists created begins to crumble, he tries to survive with and around the crippling bureaucracy of the state. Whilst tasked with hosting this year's Summer Solstice celebrations, Amos is unexpectedly faced with seeing his first love again, having been separated for 30 years.
Meanwhile, Anya, a young apprentice, falls deeply in love with the latest addition to the farm.
How will Amos balance the farm, the resurgence of love, and dealing with defectors and dissidents?
What is the real meaning of identity and patriotism if the country itself is now unrecognisable?
When you are loyal to your country - is it the government, the land or the people in it?
The piece is currently in development, supported by the Warwick Arts Centre and Stage One.