Written by Bea Roberts
Directed by Jack Nurse
He’s fighting for his business. His friendship. His heritage.
2001. Disease ravages the countryside, pyres are lit on the horizon, and dairy herdsman Michael is trapped as his farm becomes a battleground for his business, his heritage, and his friendship with local vet Jeff. Ten years on and the battle scars are as evident on their relationship as they are on the landscape.
Set against the backdrop of the foot-and-mouth crisis this award-winning play charts the struggle of one farm amidst a crisis that saw the slaughter of four million animals and the postponement of a General Election.
Tender, frank and funny, the play was joint winner of the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award, and premiered at Theatre503, London, in September 2015, before transferring to Bristol Old Vic.
Original set in Devon, Wonder Fools and Crossmichael Drama Club have joined forces to relocate the play to a fictional town in Dumfries and Galloway, one of the hardest hit areas of the epidemic.
“Plays about rural life are still in the minority and this one, written by Bea Roberts… is a right little cracker” The Guardian on Theatre 503’s production, 2015
“One of the most vibrant young companies to emerge onto to the Scottish theatre scene in recent years” The Scotsman on Wonder Fools, 2021
‘A formidable piece of popular small-scale touring theatre in the 7:84 tradition, educating working class audiences across Scotland about their own history, while providing a superb night out’★★★★ The Scotsman (on 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War, 2020)
And Then Come The Nightjars is supported by Creative Scotland, Holywood Trust and the Together Again Fund from D&G Unlimited and Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Saturday 19th February matinee performance (2:30PM) will feature BSL interpretation by Jacqueline Wilson. Those who wish to take advantage of the BSL interpretation are advised to book seats in rows A, B, C or D, seats 7 – 11. These can be booked through The Fullarton box office, which is staffed from 12 – 2 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday for bookings in person or by telephone on 01556 540506. At other times please leave a message. In case of difficulty, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
D&G Living Archive:
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the epidemic, Wonder Fools are collating an archive to serve as a piece of social history for the region for years to come. This will be presented online and as part of a digital exhibition at the production itself.
If you are from Dumfries and Galloway and have some memories of the foot-and-mouth crisis that you would like to share, we’d love to hear from you. They are looking for a range of perspectives, from vets and reporters to farmers and others working in agriculture, as well as residents of the region. They are collecting stories in all kinds of forms including photographs, videos, and articles as well as conducting interviews.
To find out more, submit to the archive or sign up to be interviewed visit https://dg.livingarchive.scot/
The D&G Living Archive is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
And Then Come The Nightjars