Much eagerness and inevitable expectation can be felt for Bea Roberts play And Then Come The Nightjars, which opens Theatre503’s autumn season, marking the theatre’s first co-production with Bristol Old Vic. This poignant and gritty play is one of the two winners of Theatre503’s inaugural international Playwriting Award and was selected from over 1600 submissions.
The Press Release for the play reads as follows:
And Then Come The Nightjars charts a farm’s struggle to survive the march of history. Fierce with rage yet achingly tender, this is a story of enduring friendship and a requiem for rural England. Reflecting on the Foot and Mouth epidemic of 2001, Nightjars sees how, ten years on, scars are still evident on the landscape and also on the relationships of those the disease affected.This heart-wrenching play explores the devastating effects of the pandemic which saw the slaughter of four million animals, the virtual closure of the countryside and the postponement of a general election. Against this backdrop Roberts depicts an intimate friendship between two world-weary men.
Roberts is commited to making work that challenges both herself as a writer and also her audience’s perceptions and attitudes towards the West Country world that she hails from (A Younger Theatre). A passion for her home is evident in Devon-born Roberts writing, something which a lot of other playwrights could take inspiration from, with actually writing about something they truly have knowledge and empathy towards.
Director Paul Robinson was so moved by the play he admits to crying in public the first time he read it as well as missing his bus stop! This is definitely a sign of something quite special indeed and it is unsurprising that he decided to be part of this production. Robinson describes Roberts as a ” hugely talented writer who has already made an impression in Bristol.” With RSC veteran David Fielder already cast in the production, it is safe to say And Then Come The Nightjars is in very safe hands.
Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 26th September 2015 Tuesday to Saturday, 7.45pm
Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road,
London SW11 3BW, https://theatre503.com/
Tickets are available priced £15 (£12 concessions) Pay What You Can Sundays
Available from Theatre503 Box Office and https://theatre503.com/, 020 7978 7040.