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Diversification has always been a vexed issue. But nowhere have I seen it more hotly disputed than in Alecky Blythe's new play.
Her inspiration came from the true tale of John Davies, a Herefordshire farmer who decided to polytunnel up several hundred acres of countryside and grow his strawberries all year round.
Not only were the tunnels regarded as a giant eyesore, but the use of low-paid foreign students to harvest the crop was locally contentious to say the least.
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Arguments raged on all sides. A regular battle sprang up. And the press splashed out extravagant titles.
What was the truth behind all the shouting? Off went Blythe with a dictaphone to find the root of the drama.
- 1 Norfolk campsite voted third best in UK
- 2 Tax inspectors probe 240 furlough fraud cases in Norfolk and Suffolk
- 3 Road cleared after three-vehicle collision on A47
- 4 Man charged after cannabis factory and 300 plants found above pizza takeaway
- 5 Driver in hospital after BMW car ends up in ditch
- 6 9 pubs and restaurants which have had lockdown makeovers
- 7 Early hours arrests as part of 'ongoing police investigation'
- 8 Man jailed for 24 years for raping and sexually assaulting two girls
- 9 £5m roadworks on A47 cause delays - and months more to come
- 10 Hospital opens new £625,000 cancer wellbeing and support centre
She questioned everybody from nervous members of the NFU to planning inspectors and local residents.
And what made our experience of her findings all the more authentic, was that the words she had recorded were simply mimicked and repeated by the actors who were listening to the original interviews on small portable headsets whilst performing.
Documentary drama at the cutting edge. The Archers, but real!