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The River by Jez Butterworth


A glorious play which provokes and challenges (with) fine performances. Well worth watching.
— Petra Schofield
A tightly directed performance, well suited to an intimate setting in the round
— Phillip Horton, Bath Chronicle

“I may forget who you are. I may bring other women here, to this place, and I may tell them I love them, and make love to them. But they will be imposters. And I will be a ghost. Because it means I will have lost you.” 

A haunting and mesmerising love story, The River is another compelling piece of theatre brought to us by Jez Butterworth - the playwright of Jerusalem.

A man is on a fishing trip and has invited the woman he loves to be with him in a cabin beside a river. But, like the ebb and flow of the water, and the flash and vanish of the elusive trout, the story twists and weaves and at the very moment we think we have grasped and understood the man and woman’s love affair, we find it’s all pulled from our grasp as one reality evaporates and another, even more seductive one, is put before us.

Jez Butterworth’s plays are infused with beautiful, poetic images. In The River, he has created a bewitching story in which the fisherman’s love affair with the secretive trout eluding him in the watery depths, is likened to the elusive and transitory nature of human love.

Nicky Wilkins (Troy in Jerusalem2012) is joined by Hayley Fitton-Cook (Di in Four Minutes Twelve Seconds 2016) and Hannah Smyth (Catharine in Suddenly Last Summer 2016) to bring this gripping in-the-round Bath premiere to The Mission Theatre. After each performance, the audience will be invited to join the cast for an informal discussion about the play. 

“This intimate three-hander unfolds like a tantalising cross between a piece of deeply felt poetry and a sleight-of-hand puzzle.”
Paul Taylor, The Independent 2012

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