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A tribute to rural England comes to The Salberg

17 August 2016

A critically-acclaimed play inspired by the Foot and Mouth crisis, And Then Come the Nightjars, visits The Salberg for just four performances from Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October.

Written by Bea Roberts, 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.

In turns heart-breaking and hilarious, And Then Come the Nightjars is a story of male friendship against the odds and a tribute to vanishing ways of rural life.

And Then Come the Nightjars is directed by Paul Robinson (My Mother Said I Never Should, Land of Our Fathers) and stars David Fielder and Nigel Hastings.  

The play won Theatre503’s inaugural international Playwriting Award in 2014 and is a co-production with Bristol Old Vic, in association with Tara Finney Productions. 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 prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize.

Bea Roberts says “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 has crafted every last detail with so much love and skill. It's fantastic it'll be reaching a wider audience now.”

A striking requiem for rural England and a comic, heart-wrenching story of male friendship, And Then Come the Nightjars plays in The Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse from Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page.