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

Nicholas Wright’s One Fine Day is 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.

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'


Also by Nicholas Wright:

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

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