A satirical comedy and a family drama, Little Platoons takes the pulse of Coalition Britain and explores what the retreat of the state and the growth of people power really means for its citizens.
When Rachel’s ex threatens to remove their son from London to sort out his education, she joins a local group of parents setting up a ‘free school’. Her new friends, led by the charismatic Nick, want to create an education their children can enjoy not endure. But the vision of the Big Society they seek to create tears their lives apart. Waters’ play opens up the debate around free schools and highlights the double standards that some people apply when it comes to schooling their children. Ultimately, the education project becomes a battleground between those putting themselves before the greater social need, and vice-versa. The play also exposes the complexities behind David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ policy, which aimed to give local communities more power.
Little Platoons premiered at the Bush Theatre in London in 2011 as part of the theatre’s Schools Season.