Brother and sister, Martin and Hilda Massie, have recently moved to the
Bluebell Hill Development, hoping to continue their quiet lives in new idyllic
surroundings.
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
disruption.
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!