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Little Platoons  

Little Platoons $19.95 ex GST
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Free schools are getting ready to transform from policy idea to classroom reality. But what do we know about them?

A group of West London parents are driven by desperation to take the new government up on their offer and start their own ‘free school’. They want to create an education that their children will enjoy rather than endure. But as they find their lives given over to a disturbing version of the Big Society, their fervour turns to panic.

This dark new comedy takes the pulse of Coalition Britain, by exploring what the retreat of the state and the growth of people power might actually mean. Moving from satiric comedy to poignant family drama, it asks why we’re all so obsessed with education and what happens when we get what we wish for.

Review
Wittily exposes the confusion that surrounds the subject of how we best educate our children. -   Guardian 



Cast : 6M, 5F

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-151-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

Author

STEVE WATERS is an acclaimed playwright whose plays have been staged at the Donmar Warehouse, the Sheffield Crucible, Hampstead Theatre and the Bush Theatre. His recent works include Little Platoons and The Contingency Plan, a double-bill of plays from the front line of climate change, the second part of which, Resilience, was nominated for the 2009 John Whiting Awards. Steve also ran the MPhil in Playwriting at Birmingham University for several years; he now teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His guide to dramatic writing, The Secret Life of Plays, is also published by Nick Hern Books. 

 
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