And Then Come the Nightjars

by Bea Roberts 25 May 2021 - 3 Jun 2021
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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 language and comments that you may find offensive.  These reflect the era and characters portrayed and are necessary to the play.

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.

Cast and Crew Biographies

John Brolly (Director)

John has been Associate Director to The Minack since 2016 and has directed several highly acclaimed productions including Goodnight Mr Tom, The Railway Children, The Secret Garden and The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. He also leads the Minack's extensive programme of community and education work.  

As a performer he featured on The Minack stage in 2020 in The Soldier's Tale and he tours with his own unique brand of one man shows with his Umbrella Arts Theatre Company.

He is also well known as a storyteller and performs at festivals schools and events across the country.

Steve Jacobs (Michael)

Steve has been based in Cornwall for many years after beginning his career in London. He says worked on many inspiring productions with great companies, including Souterrain, The Passion, 100, Unearthed and Wolf Child (Wildworks); Waiting for Godot and Sherlock Holmes, (Miracle Theatre); Hamlet (Cube) and Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Kneehigh).  

Other highlights include a season with the RSC, touring Brazil with the physical theatre company Duddendance, two stints in the West End in The School for Scandal and running away to Wales with NoFit State in their Circus/Theatre extravaganza, Immortal. TV/Film credits include Poldark, Tin, Wycliffe, Doc Martin, Wild West, Hard Cracked the Wind and The Tape

He played Tom in the Minack production of  Goodnight, Mr Tom and is excited about getting back on stage with them in And Then Come the NightJars.

Craig Johnson (Jeffrey)

Craig is an actor, puppeteer and musician living in Penzance, Cornwall.

Since 1999, he has been a member of Cornwall's renowned Kneehigh Theatre, performing in major national and international tours such as ‘Tristan & Yseult’, ‘Cymbeline’, ‘Don John’, ‘A Matter Of Life And Death’ and ‘The Bacchae’, as well as small-scale village hall shows, including directing and acting in ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’.

Craig has also appeared in ‘Alaska’ (Blackfish Theatre), ‘One Darke Night’ (o-region), and several Minack Theatre Company productions including ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, ‘The Railway Children’ and ‘The Secret Garden’. He has also created and directed several theatre performances for The Eden Project, Cornwall.

Marion Harrison (Designer)

Marion has worked in the theatre industry for almost twenty years - since graduating from Leeds University in 2001 with a BA Hons in Theatre Design & Technology. After spending many years as a Touring Wardrobe Manager for companies such as the R.S.C, National Theatre, Headlong and The National Theatre of Scotland, Marion settled in Cornwall and has moved into the role of designer.

Marion has been involved with many projects and productions across the county, designing and producing costumes for The Man Engine (Golden Tree Productions), Orfeo and Hetty Feather for The Minack Theatre, A Dickensian Christmas and Loveplay (A Minack co-production for Ha-Hum-Ah Theatre) and a variety of sets and costumes for the Eden Project, including Room on the Broom, Mrs Christmas, Chocolate Unwrapped, Festival of Food and The Green Fingers Festival.

Marion is excited to be returning to the Minack for this production of And Then Come the Nightjars.