The harvest is ripe in a Black Country pear orchard. Seasoned hands settle to familiar tasks and the ritual education of newcomers. But corrupted lands yield a bitter crop. The weather turns, friction mounts, and pesticide begins to fall. Kenneth Tynan wrote in The Observer, Not since Look Back in Anger has a playwright made a debut more striking than this.
David Rudkin's first play, Afore Night Comes, staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in their 1962 experimental season, informed the Company's revolutionizing approach to the performance of Shakespeare. David writes for television, radio, and theatre.