Theatre503 and Bristol Old Vic in association with Tara Finney Productions present “And Then Come the Night Jars”. South Devon, 2001. Jeff is a dairy vet with a problem. Michael is a cattle farmer – he is a problem.

The two men have a begrudging respect for one another, usually expressed through a shared fag, a nip of whisky and some boisterous banter.

But when Foot and Mouth sweeps across the UK countryside their friendship – and indeed their whole way of life – is thrown into question.

Michael watches in disbelief as his cows are rounded up, and to his horror, it is Jeff brandishing the gun.

Tender, funny and full of love, And Then Come the Nightjars is a story of male friendship against the odds, and a tribute to vanishing ways of rural life.


Max Dorey and Sally Ferguson’s design for Nightjars has also been nominated in the 2016 UK Theatre Awards for Best Design!


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Running Time

85 mins