Farm Boy wins this week's best bribe by sending a miniature tractor

  • The List
  • 2 August 2010

This article is from 2010

Farm Boy wins this week's best bribe by sending a miniature tractor

The model resembles the show's third character - a 1922 Fordson Tractor

This week’s best bribe was this charming miniature 1922 Fordson Tractor, sent by the folk behind Michael Morpurgo’s Farm Boy (adapted by Daniel Buckroyd). The play is a sequel to War Horse, which focused on a young boy and his horse on a journey through WWI. Farm Boy takes place years later, when the tractor was becoming the driving force behind British farming. The show combines storytelling, drama, original music and, yes, a tractor.

‘I’d go as far as to say that, alongside the old man and his grandson, the tractor is actually the third character,’ says Buckroyd. ‘In our staging it’s always there at the centre of the action.’ When asked about the reaction from the vintage tractor-loving community, Buckroyd admits: ‘It’s been characterised by a little suspicion at first when they hear that we’re using a replica Fordson rather than the real thing – tractor treason apparently!’ Controversy on the Fringe: who knew? If you want to bribe us, send your unique promotional merchandise to Big Fat Festival Bribe, The List c/o Niki Boyle, 14 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TE.

Farm Boy, Assembly @ George Street, 0131 623 3030, 7–30 Aug (not 17), 11.45am, £10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5.

Farm Boy - Michael Morpurgo

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It sometimes felt as though time had stood still down on the farm - swallows nesting in the eaves, the old Fordson tractor quietly rusting in the barn, Grandpa tending his chickens - that is, until the summer his grandson finished school and came to stay and the old man started telling stories of what it had been like on…