The Night Heron
A dark, funny, spellbinding play about a group of outcasts and eccentrics gathered in the Cambridgeshire fens, from the author of Jerusalem and The Ferryman.
The sighting of a rare bird attracts attention to a remote part of the fens. The visiting birdwatchers cannot know what dangers lie in the freezing darkness of the marshes. In an isolated cabin, Wattmore, bruised and bleeding, is recording the Old Testament onto cassette. Griffin arrives with fish and chips. Salvation is at hand - a cash prize for winning the university poetry competition, plus the arrival of a potential lodger. Meanwhile, the local townsfolk are stirring...
Jez Butterworth's play The Night Heron was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in April 2002.
The Night Heron is also available in the collection Jez Butterworth Plays: One.
'Purge the reek of sin.'
'It's funny, it's sad, it's haunting and it is also strangely beautiful. Best of all, it is quite unlike anything you have seen before'Daily Telegraph
26 Apr 2002Size: 198mm x 129mm
12 Jun 2014
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