The Last Straw
Cast 6 - 3F 3M
Setting Kitchen of a cluttered farmhouse
Harvest time in the Breadbasket of England and a politicised Amy returns from Uni to save the family farm. But events soon pile up against her: inclement weather, a market crash, and the dark shadow of family history repeating itself. Will the family motto ‘pulling together’ still hold strong? Will the joy of the wide open fields buoy them up? Or will conflicting ideologies tear them apart?
As torrential rain flattens the wheat and the daily bread that we all take for granted is threatened, father Keith has to admit that he's taken his ‘gambling’ on Futures, the farmer's stock exchange, one step too far. While Amy's boyfriend Sudarshan, who has come to help, is distracted by the contrasting drought that is devastating his India.
Enter Zack the investment farmer whom Keith is contracted to. Zack is the bringer of bad news and, despite Amy gloriously giving him as good as he gives - the future of the farm now hangs in the balance.
Drawn from interviews with 14 farmers in my home locality of Suffolk and developed with dramaturgical support by Rob Drummer - I want to remind us how much we depend on our farmers for our survival and, in the 21st century, what enormous challenges they are up against.