and then come the nightjars



2001. Foot-and-mouth disease ravages the countryside, pyres are lit on the horizon and dairy farmer 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.

Tender, frank, and funny, this is a story of friendship against the odds and a tribute to a vanishing way of life. Through unashamed nostalgia, beautifully observed humour and undeniable poignancy this impressively well made play expresses the impact of the 2001 crisis on farming and rural life.

With permission from writer Bea Roberts, this production moved the action from Devon to Dumfries and Galloway. Created with Crossmichael Drama Club, Winners of Sky Arts' Nations Best Am Dram and staged as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2017.

fullarton theatre - 24, 25, 26 MAY 2017


Writer Bea Roberts

Cast Tommy Thompson and Neil Hardy

Set Allan Breckonbridge

Lighting Allan Scott

Props Cath Monk

Assistant Director Derek McCartney

Continuity Gwen Breckonbridge

Stage Management Jim Gordon and Christine Burns