Stoopud F**ken Animals

This article is from 2007.

East Anglia meets Wild West

Currently biking from Suffolk to Edinburgh, ambitious and energetic playwright, Joel Horwood (Food 2006), takes a well-earned break from the saddle to discuss his new play, which he describes as ‘a Western set in Suffolk.’

‘It’s about a farmer who’s reaching the end of his sexual peak, along with his bull, and knows it’s all downhill from there,’ he says. ‘He attempts to revisit his youth but in doing so dredges up a past that the community have tried to bury.

‘The play deals with sexuality, virility, youth, heritage and responsibility. I’ve tried to make it funny and endearing, but there’s a dark heart to it. It raises questions about the state of British farming and community relationships – I think the demise of communities is a massively important issue.’

Horwood goes on to convincingly highlight the similarities of East Anglia and the Wild West. ‘There are drawling accents, wide open flat spaces, macho cowboys and farmers and a sense of decay, of everything being past its best.’ With live music, thick accents and Western influences, this play appears far from ‘stoopud’.

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