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Theatre by the Lake presents rural drama And Then Come The Nightjars

And Then Come the Nightjars. Photo by Jack Sain
And Then Come the Nightjars. Photo by Jack Sain

[A]nd Then Come The Nightjars, the critically acclaimed play by Bea Roberts will be playing at Theatre by the Lake from 3 to 6 April. Directed by Paul Robinson this poignant and uncompromising play was a winner of Theatre503’s inaugural international Playwriting Award in 2014.

Staged at Theatre503 in 2015, And Then Come The Nightjars was nominated for six Off West End Theatre Awards including Most Promising Playwright. Bea Roberts was also nominated for the Susan Blackburn Smith prize. Having toured the UK in 2016, the show is now embarking on a new tour of Scotland and Cumbria. The play is a Theatre503 and Bristol Old Vic production, presented by Perth Theatre in partnership with Theatre by the Lake.

And Then Come The Nightjars is set in South Devon in 2001. It follows Jeff, a dairy vet with a problem and Michael, a cattle farmer, who is a problem himself. The two men have a begrudging respect for one another, usually expressed through a shared fag, a nip of whisky and some boisterous banter. But when Foot and Mouth sweeps across the UK countryside their friendship -­ and indeed their whole way of life -­ is thrown into question. Michael watches in disbelief as his cows are rounded up, and to his horror, it is Jeff brandishing the gun.

Tender, funny and full of love, And Then Come the Nightjars is a story of male friendship against the odds, and a tribute to a way of life under threat.

Bea Roberts said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Nightjars is going on the road. It’s a beautiful and very special production in which the whole creative team have crafted every last detail with so much love and skill. It’s fantastic it’ll be reaching a wider audience now.”

And Then Come the Nightjars runs in the Studio Theatre from 3 – 6 April. Tickets are £15; for more information and to book tickets visit www.theatrebythelake.com or call the box office on 017687 74411.

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