About the show
Past and present collide in rural drama Nightfall at Bridge Theatre.
On a farm outside of Winchester, a family is stretched to breaking point in the face of grief, money problems and parental expectations. Written by celebrated rising star playwright Barney Norris, Nightfall is a poignant look at family relationships and rural life in the 21st century.
Ryan still lives on the family farm, but making a living from the land is increasingly difficult. When their father dies, Ryan’s sister Lou returns home to help look after their mother Jenny.
Even apart from the recent bereavement, there’s a notable tension in the air. Not long before he died, their father had reached for his shotgun when the neighbour’s labrador strayed onto their land. Now, Lou’s boyfriend Pete upsets the balance even more. Flush with cash from his job at an oil refinery, his presence makes the life Jenny wanted for her children more and more of a dream.
Ophelia Lovibond plays Lou in Nightfall. Last see on stage in The Libertine, her TV credits include W1A and Hooten & The Lady.
Claire Skinner plays Jenny. A regular at the National Theatre, Skinner’s TV credits include Next Of Kin, Silk and Outnumbered.
Sion Daniel Young plays Ryan, while Ukweli Roach plays Pete. Young has starred in productions including War Horse and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. Roach’s TV credits include Humans, Hard Sun and Blindspot.
Norris’s recent plays include While We’re Here, which ran at Bush Theatre in London, plus a national tour. He also authored Echo’s End, performed at the Salisbury Playhouse in 2017. Along with playwriting, he has written one novel, Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain.
Laurie Sansom directs the production. The director was previously the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland. He left the post in 2016.
Bridge Theatre is London’s newest theatrical venue. Created by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, Bridge Theatre opens its doors in October 2017. The team previously worked together at the National Theatre on a string of highly successful productions including One Man, Two Guvnors.
Nightfall runs from 28 April – 26 May 2018 at Bridge Theatre.
Map & Location
The Bridge Theatre
One Tower BridgeLondonSE1 2SD