NEAPTIDE PROJECTS

(Salcombe) Ltd

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Neaptide Projects Ltd


The Studio at Myrana, Drake Road, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8GE, United Kingdom

Telephome: +44 (0)1548 843329

E Mail: david@neaptide.co.uk

Copyright © Neaptide Projects (Salcombe) Ltd. All rights reserved 2010

Neaptide Projects Ltd


The Studio at Myrana, Drake Road, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8GE, United Kingdom

Telephome: +44 (0)1548 843329

E Mail: david@neaptide.co.uk

Copyright © Neaptide Projects (Salcombe) Ltd. All rights reserved 2010
THE FOT SYNOPSIS AUTHOR & SHOP

The Fields Of Thyme

In the closing months of 1943, the Americans were arriving in the South Hams of Devon, England, to begin military rehearsals ahead of the Normandy Invasion in June 44’. It was a huge operation by any standards, but along the rural coastline of Slapton Sands, it brought a major clash of sensitivities with the people and the land.


The Fields of Thyme is about a young and socially unsuccessful farm boy, Tom Skinner, to whom only one thing really matters; the safety and survival of a butterfly habitat which is home to the Large Blue species. With the bedding in of the military over a large area of countryside, the habitat becomes locked within an Exclusion Zone; into which it becomes foolhardy and extremely dangerous for unauthorised people to enter. However, this will not stop the local lad, with local knowledge and native skills, from trespassing and plotting to disrupt the occupation; in which cause he’s joined by Charlotte Kingsley, a pretty young lass, whose parents own a local pub in East Prawle. There are several other key and interesting characters who help shape the story, and none more so than a young coloured GI, Leroy Grant, whose arrival brings added and huge complications; some of which are not very difficult to anticipate!


If you’d care to reflect on the hymn, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, you’ll be well placed to consider the catalogue of emotions which travel through this narrative, including from dark to optimistic, spiritual to hellish, real to surreal, poignant to cruel; hilarious to tragic; until the story careers into the realms of believable insanity. Not withstanding all of this, you might still conclude to wonder, if the events you joined with, might just have happened; or actually did.

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David Cohen has an Honours Degree from The University of Life, and looks back on a career which has allowed him to work with many truly inspirational people in corporate business and the creative industries. Of the numerous and diverse projects he’s worked on, he counts amongst his most satisfying; a collaboration on ‘The Buskers, A History of Street Entertainment’ (Pub: David & Charles Limited, with Ben Greenwood), his association with the late Henry Hollis on ‘Farewell Leicester Square’ (Pub: Wm MacLellan – Embryo Limited), and his work with Ian Gillan, on the singer’s life story, ‘Ian Gillan, The Autobiography of Deep Purple’s Lead Singer’ (Pub: Blake Publishing Limited). In the late nineties he devised a writing workshop which was successfully taken to H.M.Prison as part of an education programme for Lifer Groups, whilst a play, ‘Don’t Be Late’, is considered his most quirky output, with claims for being the shortest script ever performed (56 seconds at The Epsom Playhouse), plus the fact it was shown 36 times in a single evening of theatre. ‘Don’t Be Late’ was also seen in simultaneous broadcast on television (ITV), which allowed the theatre audience to enjoy a ‘world stage premier’, as well as seeing it in ‘movie format’, via a television which served as a stage prop.

In writing this first novel, David is now using his company, Neaptide Projects (Salcombe) Limited, to manage his career and the portfolio of work he has in varying stages of development, including The Philosopher & The Eleventh Commandment, and a collaboration with Al Dutton on the screenplay, The Broad Steps, which is  set in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising of the 1950s.



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A PROMO EXAMPLE FROM
THE FIELDS OF THYME SOUNDTRACK

Sometimes I sits and thinks
And sometimes I just sits...

Copyright: Anne Murphy 2015