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Parvenu Press Announces the publication of Stephen’s new novel

The Hardham Divine

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Meet the first Millennials. Ravaged by famine and drought, taxed to the bone, the poor wait for a leader to deliver them. Set in the turbulent years between the first and second Crusades, The Hardham Divine tells the story of Truda, a young Saxon woman, who finds herself the centre of a messianic uprising. Stephen Plaice’s visionary novel immerses the reader in the terror and beauty of medieval Sussex.

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Stephen has written the book and lyrics for a new musical String. with the composer Tony Biggin. The showcase première was given as part of the Hailsham Festival at the Pavilion Theatre in the town on Saturday 19th September. This version was narrated by the poet Roger McGough, seen here with Stephen.

Stephen with Roger McGough

It played to a packed house and an enthusiastic reception. It is hoped that a fully staged version will be produced in 2022.

Bloom Britannia

Bloom Britannia

Bloom Britannia is a comic opera set in the fictional Southern town of Melhaven. The announcement of the winner of a national competition to regenegerate the coastal towns is imminent.The Mayor of Melhaven has pulled out all the stops, hoping to boost its bid for the money to save the declining resort. But it only survives on its black economy, and when the judges arrive for their final inspection, the cracks start to appear, not only in Melhaven, but in post-Brexit Britain as a whole.

The first act of Bloom Britannia was performed at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill in April 2019. Three performances of the full opera, with a cast of over a hundred singers, were given at St Mary in the Castle to great acclaim in October 2021.