A lovable kind of eccentricity has always been part of Mark Rylance's charm; so has his utter unpredictability. Both those qualities are on ample display in Nice Fish, a personal passion project of Rylance's for the prose poetry of the Minnesota based writer Louis Jenkins that he has stitched together, like a tapestry, from bits of his work. Across 90 minutes and some 30 scenes, we observe two ice-fishermen friends passing the time as they wait for a fish to bite from the hole... Read more
Olivier, Tony and Oscar winning actor Mark Rylance returns to London to star in his first self-penned play, Nice Fish, drawn from the words of Lewis Jenkins. Directed by his wife Claire van Kampen, it has been described as an "icy absurdist drama" and likened to a "folksy Waiting for Godot."
Originally commissioned and produced by The Guthrie Theater in 2013, the play ran at the A.R.T Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
Rylance's drama, in which he also stars, is set on a frozen lake at the end of a long Minnesota winter and follows two men drilling holes whilst hoping to find some of the last fish of the season. The play that follows uses extracts of Jenkins' prose poems, and contemplate some of life's biggest questions.
The London production is set to open in the West End this November at the Harold Pinter Theatre, produced by Sonia Friedman.
The play takes place at the end of the fishing season on a frozen lake in Minnesota, where two men travel out to the ice and find themselves contemplating life's big questions. The text brings together the prose poems of Louis Jenkins with original writing by Rylance.