About the Show

Wonder Fools and Crossmichael Drama Club present

And Then Come The Nightjars

Written by Bea Roberts
Directed by Jack Nurse

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.

Originally set in Devon, Wonder Fools and Crossmichael Drama Club have joined forces to relocate the play to Dumfries and Galloway, one of the hardest hit areas of the epidemic. Originally produced in 2017, this reimagined version will be created by  professional creative team from the region.

“Plays about rural life are still in the minority and this one, written by Bea Roberts… is a right little cracker”

The Guardian ★★★★

Tickets and Info

17 & 18 February 2022, 7:30pm
19 February 2022, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

The Fullarton Theatre Lochside Road,
Castle Douglas, DG7 1EU

01556 504 506

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