Brother and sister, Martin and Hilda Massie, have recently moved to the
Bluebell Hill Development, hoping to continue their quiet lives in new idyllic
Just as they are preparing for a housewarming gathering, their peace is
shattered by a young trespasser in their garden. The Massies’ neighbours join
Martin in forming a group to safeguard against further incidents. But, after an
act of vandalism, matters swiflty escalate, complicated by a burgeoning romance
and disputes about how best to protect the neighbourhood from further
What starts as a well-intentioned scheme for a safer community soon
leads to violence and acrimony ……
This is one of Ayckbourn’s darker comedies, first performed in 2011 as a
response to Cameron’s vision of a “Big Society”, and highlighting what might
happen if the ‘little people’ gain too much power!