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By Jez Butterworth

"The River is sort of a subtly crafted piece of chamber tune. it's teasing, haunting and hushed. it's also damnably tricky to jot down approximately, as there's a secret at its middle that i have to no longer reveal." —Charles Spencer, Telegraph

"One of the simplest productions of the year... a magnetically eerie,
luminously attractive psychodrama.” —Time Out (London)

"The River is sophisticated, modern and darkish. here's a experience of the mysterious and of kinship with others gone. it truly is possibly approximately time and eternity, approximately that spot at the river that, whereas constantly a similar, is usually altering. a superb play, glinting and elusive as a fish." -Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

A distant fishing cabin, a guy and a girl, and a moonless evening - The River asks; once we locate one another, are we attempting to recapture a person we as soon as misplaced? Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman starred within the hit Broadway construction of The River in 2014 after its winning run in London.

Jez Butterworth can also be the writer Mojo, The evening Heron, The Winterling, Parlour Song and Jerusalem. His performs have premiered in London on the Royal courtroom Theatre and the Almeida Theatre and in manhattan urban on the Atlantic Theatre and on Broadway. He has gained a number of awards for his paintings, together with the E. M. Forster Award from the yankee Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Somerset, England.

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Trout. Sea trout. Salmon. the guy. what number occasions. the lady. I’m fairly sorry. the guy. what number occasions have you ever fished for sea trout? the lady. once or twice. a great deal of instances. the guy. yet at the seashore. You couldn’t forged. You couldn’t tie a knot. swap a fly. the lady. I faked it. the fellow. Why? the lady. simply because I fucking hate fishing. I continually did. It used to be the single approach i'll get his consciousness. It’s my tragedy in lifestyles that if i need to get a guy to note me, first i must wear gigantic rubber waders. the guy. Why didn’t you are saying? the lady. You have been having such enjoyable. instructing me to solid. exhibiting me your entire ins and outs. by surprise we’re not likely fishing, I’m approximately to be shone upon by way of the sunshine of eternity. Then Ted Hughes will get concerned, and finally i presumed, fuck it, let’s pass capture a fish. close the negative sod up. (Beat. ) You hate me. you will want me to depart. the fellow. It wasn’t a fluke. the lady. I replaced to a Black Bomber with 3 droppers. the fellow. You had 3 droppers?! the lady. no longer my inspiration. Dad’s. If isn’t operating… the fellow. What have been they? the lady. Sedgefield Yellow, a Black Gnat and a… either. Mallowflier. the lady. precisely. the fellow. You bastard… the lady. Why the fuck now not? In for a penny. the guy. good, it explains something. the lady. What? the fellow. Why you didn’t name. For aid. the lady. Are you kidding? Dad may have killed me. The funniest factor occurred. whilst it took, whilst the fish bit, because it snatched the road and took off for the shallows, I observed whatever. the fellow. What? the lady. I observed Dad, lifeless at the kitchen flooring. bare. now not lifeless. death. He had a seizure. i discovered him flip-flopping frothing at the kitchen flooring. I couldn’t retailer him. I don’t even particularly bring it to mind. simply how white he used to be. and the way gentle his pores and skin used to be. (Pause. ) I lied to you. i believe like an entire fraud. the fellow. Don’t. the lady. Why now not. I concealed my borderline-expert skill to trap wild fish at midnight. I suggest that’s why we’re right here. That’s the explanation we got here right here. the fellow. Is that the explanation we got here the following? the lady. yet you want to be thinking about. the fellow. brooding about what? the lady. What else I’ve lied to you approximately. the fellow. I don’t care. the girl. quite? the guy. fairly. the lady. relatively? I want i may cease announcing ‘really’. the fellow. I suggest it. the lady. And why’s that. the guy. This morning I awakened and you’d long gone. I went outdoor trying to find you. I couldn’t see you at any place. I went down the trail to the river. and that i walked approximately half of one mile calling your identify. after which I observed you. You have been on the swimming gap. The water used to be excessive as a result of all of the rain. and also you stood on a boulder, twelve toes above the water. You stood there. Do you take into account what you probably did subsequent? the lady. I took off all my outfits. the guy. and also you stood there thoroughly bare. after which? the girl. I dived into the water. the fellow. Into the freezing pool. and that i watched you, from above, less than the water, prior to you surfaced, and that i acknowledged out loud to myself, ‘Watch out. You’re in hassle. you should be as fearless and as sincere because the factor you simply observed occur. simply because that’s who you’re facing. Now glance out.

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