Durga is British. She loves football, listens to the Beatles and eats fish and chips. (Ok, her Sunday best is a sari and she doesn’t think Korma is a real curry, but that’s just her). Martha, the old lady next door, is determined that Durga isn’t wanted here and, for the first time, Durga begins to question whether the ground under her feet is really ‘home’. Suddenly they are both caught in an age old struggle over place, race and purpose. If they’re not careful, this whole episode could become far bigger than just the two of them. So, a mixed race teenager and a lonely old woman must learn to co-exist…and it’s not going to be pretty.
A City of Foxes runs at approximately 45 minutes in length with music played at key moments in the story. It’s narrative is accessible with moments of humour and poignancy that will resonate with both the young and old among the audience. Its story is hopeful, described by audience members as ‘heartwarming’, ‘relevant’ and ‘vivid’, but its message runs deep; that the calibre of a person is not qualified by the colour of their skin, but by their generosity, goodness and compassion as a human being. The recommended audience for this show is of Secondary school age or older, with a particular focus on years 9 – 11 and those of retirement age. It’s purpose is to open a discourse and spark debate about what we really mean by the term ‘Britishness’, whether this definition of identity is even important any more, and, if it is, how we can create a new, compassionate and inclusive definition of Britishness that brings people together.
Comments on Becci Louise’s ‘A City of Foxes’
‘The piece by Becci Fearnley was truly moving to watch with an incredibly touching storyline. It was completely different from what I had imagined. The language and descriptions used were engaging and vivid, and her pace was very fluid along with the soundtrack for selected verses, which left a clear transition between the point of view of each of the characters in the story. A very topical and truthful poem about the realities of cultural change in Britain, which addressed both sides of the story.’
4/5 stars – Francesca Perryman, Get Reading.
Credits and Awards
‘A City of Foxes’ is the winner of the Reading Fringe Award 2015 for ‘a show that moved and impacted its audience’.
‘A City of Foxes’ was directed by Felicity Wilson (contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Artwork was produced by CattHannah (@CattHannahIllustrations)
Music was composed and recorded by Matt Fearnley
An audio version of the show can be downloaded here: https://beccilouise.bandcamp.com/releases (a voluntary donation is requested, but not mandatory, to download this). Recorded and produced by Matt Foster. (@CreativePeople1)