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And Then Come the Nightjars

Monday 21st,Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd June

It’s a dark night in 2001.  Farmer, Michael, and local vet, Jeffrey, are huddled in the cow shed playing general knowledge games as they await the birth of a calf to join his herd.  Outside the warm lamplight of the barn, the terrible shadow of Foot and Mouth disease is growing darker but Michael and Jeffrey both have troubles nearer to home. 

Bea Robert’s compassionate portrait of country life is about more than an unstoppable epidemic.    She traces the profound changes in society overtaking rural communities as Michael and Jeffrey face a new world of Grand Designs, Tesco Metros and rural tourism. 

Leavened with gentle humour, this award-winning play is a both a requiem for a vanishing world and a hymn to the survival of friendship even when everything else falls apart.

This play contains strong language and content that some may find distressing.

Performed by Steve Jacobs (Miracle, Wildworks) and Craig Johnson (Kneehigh, Squashbox) and directed by John Brolly (Associate Director, the Minack Theatre), this is a Minack Production.

The performances will begin at 7.30pm each evening with tickets now on sale!

To book your tickets, please click here.

Photos © Steve Tanner

About this performance

The performance will take place near the Paddocks.  A short walk through the accessible gardens will take visitors to The Woodturners area near to The Barn, this will be the location for the performance.

Pre-theatre food will be available from the Heligan Kitchen. 

Drinks and snacks will be available throughout the performance from our Horsebox outlet.

Wheelchairs can be accommodated.

The seating area for this performance has a gravel surface, so sitting on the ground will not be possible.  Audience members are advised to bring lightweight camping chairs

Seating will be organised within the guidance for social distancing current at the time of performance.

Performances will begin at 7.30pm.
Gardens open from 6.30pm
Running time: 90 mins
Adults £30
Under 16s £15
Contains strong language and content that some may find distressing
Advisory minimum age 14+

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