And Then Come the Nightjars
South Devon, 2001. As disease ravages the countryside, local dairy vet Jeff arrives with a dire warning for his friend Michael, a widowed farmer. Michael must make the ultimate sacrifice to preserve all that he holds dear. As he barricades his farm and home against a tide of devastation only Jeff can clear a way through the falling ash.
And Then Come the Nightjars, follows one farm through the struggle of the foot and mouth crisis. Writer Bea Roberts was the winning entrant to the Theatre 503 Playwriting Award sponsored by Curtis Brown and received its world premiere at Theatre 503 in September 2015.
a savagely funny and sad play directed with real delicacy by Paul RobinsonLyn Gardner
Paul Robinson’s production... achieves an intimacy that accentuates the piece's humour and plangent awkwardness... a tender, finely observed portrait of male friendship, but also a stirring requiem for the vanishing dignity of rural England.Henry Hitchings
a surprisingly affective tale of male friendshipNatasha Tripney
a small gem of a playLaura Barnett