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The Ferryman

The Ferryman

Jez Butterworth

ISBN: 9781559365666

"Jez Butterworth has become the premier chronicler of the English misfit ever since he hit the headlines with a whole gang of them in Mojo."―Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide

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"This family can take care of its own." The tagline for this searing new work from Jez Butterworth―known for his dark, oblique tableaus of the gritty side of British life―aptly sets the tone for the palpably tense and ominous story that unfolds within. Set in 1981, Butterworth's chilling new drama takes place at the height of the Northern Ireland conflict, or "The Troubles," as the period is commonly known. While the Carney family clamors to prepare for their annual harvest in the rural area of Derry, Ireland, the political climate around them reaches extreme tensions amid hunger strikes and warfare. As the Carneys attempt to go about their typical yearly festivities, they find themselves interrupted by an unexpected visitor. Originally performed in a highly anticipated sold-out run in London, The Ferryman is a creeping tale that exemplifies Butterworth at his best.

Jez Butterworth's plays include Mojo, The Night Heron, The Winterling, Parlour Song, Jerusalem(Evening Standard Theatre Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for the Best Play), and most recently The River, which had a sold-out run on Broadway in a production starring Hugh Jackman. His plays have premiered in London at the Royal Court Theatre and the Almeida Theatre and in New York City at the Atlantic Theater and on Broadway.

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