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Presented by Theatre503 and Bristol Old Vic
Written by Bea Roberts
Directed by Paul Robinson


And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain

And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain

And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain

And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain

And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain

And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain

And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain

And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain

And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain

And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain

And Then Come the Nightjars - Photography by Jack Sain


"You hardly ever see 'em, only hear them. They fly silent.
It's bad luck is Nightjars. It's a bird o' death."

As disease ravages the South Devon countryside, Michael desperately barricades his farm and home against a tide of devastation. Only his friend Jeff can clear a way through the falling ash as Michael prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to preserve all that he holds dear.

From the bloodbath of the foot-and-mouth crisis in 2001 to developers consuming land for real estate, And Then Come the Nightjars charts one farm's struggle to survive the march of history. Fierce with rage but also achingly tender with delicate heart-warming humour, Bea Roberts' play is a story of enduring friendship in a requiem for rural England.

And Then Come the Nightjars was developed through Bristol Old Vic Ferment in 2012, and returns to our Studio after being selected from over 1,600 entries as joint winner of the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award in 2014.

Nominated for 6 Off West End awards
Best Set Design (Max Dorey)
Best Lighting Design (Sally Ferguson)
Best Sound Design (Max Perryment and Olly Fox)
Best Male Actor (David Fielder)
Best Director (Paul Robinson)
Most Promising Playwright (Bea Roberts)

A right little cracker...savagely funny and sad."

4* THE GUARDIAN

A small gem of a play from a writer to watch...beautifully observed."

4* THE TELEGRAPH

Roberts has a lovely lightness of touch as a writer...a tender account of male friendship."

4* THE STAGE

Everything about this play is stunning. I urge you to go!"

EVERYTHING THEATRE

A stirring requiem for the vanishing dignity of rural England."

4* EVENING STANDARD

A heartfelt odd couple story...silly, sometimes heart-breaking."

4* LONDONIST


And Then Come the Nightjars
6-17 Oct
Studio
8pm, 3pm
(Sat mats)
£14/£11 Conc (plus booking fee)
Ages 12+

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Creative Team
Writer
Bea Roberts
Director Paul Robinson
Designer Max Dorey

Also performing at the Theatre503, London | 2-26 Sep

Supported by The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts.

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