The Road to Glory
by Neil Duffield
- The play explores how children were enlisted as soldiers to go to war against the French and fight in the battle of Agincourt.
- Teaches British history in an entertaining way.
- Suitable for schools, colleges and youth theatres to perform.
A group of young villagers, some of them barely out of childhood, enlist in King Henry’s army and set sail from Southampton to claim the throne of France for England. Each has a different reason for going and their expectations vary, but none has any experience of fighting in a war. Combining fact and fantasy, the play takes us on a journey from the peace of rural England to the bloody battlefields of Agincourt in France, when the villagers finally come face to face with the mightiest army in Europe.
What happens will change their lives forever.
“… an extraordinarily moving and effective play, so dramatic that, at times, it is almost assaulting.” The Guardian
“… this blazingly adventurous show.” The Scotsman
“… no doubting the show’s mesmerising appeal to the imagination, which seized the audience with rapt delight.” Daily Telegraph
“… there is not a moment which isn’t magical.” Yorkshire Post
“… a marvellous play, a complex dramatic story, challenging in both form and content” Times Educational Supplement
About the author
Neil Duffield has written more than 50 plays which have been produced extensively throughout Britain and abroad. His play The Lost Warrior, commissioned by the Dukes Lancaster, won the 2006 Arts Council of England Award for work which displays excellence, inspiration and innovation in children’s theatre.
Recent productions include: The Ugly Duckling (Sheffield Crucible and Nottingham Playhouse 2007), Leopard (Sheffield Crucible 2007), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster 2006). The Snow Queen (Watermill Theatre, Newbury 2006), The Firebird (Northumberland Theatre Company 2006), The Secret Garden (Helix Theatre Dublin 2005) and The Emperor’s New Clothes (Midlands Arts Centre, 2005).
Neil is married to freelance theatre director Eileen Murphy and lives in Bolton.