One Fine Day
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays
First Staged:
Riverside Studios, London, 1980

One Fine Day

By Nicholas Wright
Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays

A play about the gulf that separates Britain and Black Africa.

It's 1980 and Steve Winter, a lecturer back in London, has been sent on a fact-finding mission by the Ministry of Education to a People's Republic in Eastern Africa.

In exchange for his month's stay at a local Teacher Training College, he has brought with him the latest in audio-visual technology to show the staff and students. Although the College is known for its progressive values, Steve nevertheless finds himself at odds with the senior management over the profitability of the school's shambas (fields used to grow crops), which are tended to by the students themselves without proper remuneration.

The play examines the fate of the students trapped in a cycle of quasi-slave labour and their helplessness at the hands of a variety of corporations who are creaming off the profits made at their expense.

Nicholas Wright's play One Fine Day premiered at the Riverside Studios in London in 1980.

Press Quotes

'A real cracker: a superlatively unpatronising comedy about the gulf that separates Britain and Black Africa'

Guardian

Also by Nicholas Wright:

Lulu
Mrs Klein
Cressida
Rattigan's Nijinsky
His Dark Materials (stage version)
Treetops
Thérèse Raquin (National Theatre version)
Nicholas Wright: Five Plays
John Gabriel Borkman
Naked
The Reporter
Travelling Light
The Last of the Duchess
Vincent in Brixton
The Slaves of Solitude (stage version)
The Desert Air
8 Hotels
Regeneration (stage version)
The Custom of the Country
Three Sisters (National Theatre version)

Go to author page...

Similar Titles
A devastatingly effective modern parable about poverty and corruption in an Indian village.
A rich selection of work from the late 1970s and 1980s, introduced by the playwright.
A powerful play about the growing culture of human exploitation in the UK, delving below the surface to reveal a pers...
A subtle and topical play about European attitudes to Africa.
Fletcher and Massinger's bawdy Jacobean drama is transposed to 1890s Johannesburg.
A sensitive, delicate and powerful play that asks what our labour is worth and how life can be lived when the system...