Summer Festival: The River

The Wardrobe Theatre

Key Information
  • Dates Thu 23 May 2024 - Sat 25 May 2024
  • Location The Wardrobe Theatre
  • Tickets

    Single £10
    Double Bill £15
    Season Ticket £40

  • Creative Team

    Written by Jez Butterworth
    Directed by Jon-Luke Goodman
    Designed by Ally Williams

“It’s my tragedy in life that if I want to get a man to notice me, first I have to put on big rubber waders.”

On a moonless night, when the silver trout run, a keen fly fisher escapes to a cabin to reach a new depth of connection with his partner. But the river reflects back the characters’ innermost desires and perhaps not all is as it seems…

The River is a strange and humorous thriller from award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth, exploring what it means to be searching for the future whilst being confronted by the past.

This play is showing as a double bill with Black Mountain. Find out more about the BOVTS Summer Festival at the Wardrobe Theatre here.


The Man Joseph Stanley
The Woman Olivia Hemmati
The Other Woman Laura Jennifer Banks

Creative, Technical & Production Staff

Director Jon-Luke Goodman
Production Designer Ally Williams
Movement Director Joêl Daniel
Combat Director Jonathan Howell
Intimacy Director Clare Fox
Voice & Dialect Coach Victoria Klewin
Production Manager Steve O’Brien
Production Supervisor Bryony Rutter
Stage Manager Kayleigh Cooper
Deputy Stage Manager Angharad Stemp
Assistant Stage Manager Raph Hampton
LX Designer & Operator Tom Barge Chloe Brine
Sound Designer & Operator Liam Twigg
Prop Making Supervisor Katrina Richards
Prop Makers Kit Gannon, Shellie London, Esther McDonald-McLuckie, Jack McMahon, Jack Morris, Aidan Toombs, Zoe Del Carlo, Chris Wierzbicki, Frankie Neville
Construction Manager Jocelyn Chen
Construction Assistants Alice Boal, Joe Collins, Alex Harrison, Jacob Manston, Max O’Malley-Mesher, Izzy Phillips, Archie Tong
Costume Supervisor Eleanor Finlay



Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student