Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781786821195
Binding: PaperBack

Echo’s End: A Wiltshire Love Story

Barney Norris

PaperBack (29 Mar 2017)

Wiltshire. 1915.

As the shadow of war falls over the Wiltshire landscape, a young couple finds itself caught up in the turmoil of troubled times. For generations, John and Anna’s families have made a living by working the land. Growing up in back-to-back cottages, everyone expects them to marry. Now, however, with nearly half a million young soldiers pouring into the country, the world seems so much bigger than they had ever imagined and the future feels far from certain.

Critics Circle and Off West End Award-winning playwright and novelist Barney Norris has been heralded as ‘one of our most exciting young writers’ (Times), ‘a rare and precious talent’ (Evening Standard) ‘a writer of grace and luminosity’ (The Stage)  who is ‘fast turning into the quiet voice of Britain’ (British Theatre Guide).

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ISBN13 9781786821195
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96


'Familiar as we are with plays and novels about lives devastated by war, Norris’s story moves one by its geographical specificity... Norris punctures the myth of a civilian population cheering on the heroic soldiery, and he shows the long reach of history, as an old poacher recalls a grandfather who fought at Waterloo... [he] captures precisely the contradictions created by war... a work that will, I suspect, lodge in the memory when flashier plays have faded into oblivion.' Michael Billington, Guardian ★★★★

'Barney Norris' new play Echo's End, like so much First World War drama before it, is infused with an august Rupert Brooke wistfulness, a mixture of melancholic nostalgia and hazy remembrance. But it's also refreshingly unconventional in its approach, presenting a nuanced not-quite-love story that adroitly skirts stereotype. It has a gentle, downbeat power... it winds up finding an elegant, arresting, Chekhovian futility.' The Stage ★★★★

'Barney Norris's first historical drama might be set a century ago, but our world hangs over Echo's End. The past throws the present into relief and, by serving up a slice of life as it was, Norris nudges us to compare and contrast. His feels like another world altogether: smaller, slower and, in some ways, simpler. In others, not... Norris writes with patient restraint, regularly upturning the tropes of the First World War for its truth... This is a play that seethes with subtext, and it's a mark of Norris's care that its language remains rooted in lived experience.' What's On Stage ★★★★