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Share via Email Jez Butterworth is unusual in that he switches so easily between theatre and film. Sam Mendes returns to London stage with Jez Butterworth play Read more His previous plays, with the exception of his debut, Mojo, which was set in Soho, have remote backdrops or the liminal setting of the suburbia of his childhood. But this play may also signal a curious swerve. Butterworth seems such an English writer, suffused with English mythology, whether in the gangland folklore of s London in Mojo or in The River , wherein a man and woman are holed up in a cabin on a fishing trip the bait used to catch the trout is that very English of snacks, a pickled onion Monster Munch. His most famous hymn to England is the phenomenon that was his play Jerusalem , taking in as it does the very marrow of national identity: St George and Stonehenge, Jack-of-the-Green and the Queen, Morris dancers and pub car parks, custard creams, Pot Noodles and Little Chefs. Both of his parents were part Irish Catholics, though Butterworth was born in London and grew up, the second youngest of five, on a s cul-de-sac in St Albans two brothers are also writers, with whom Butterworth has worked; another is a producer and their late sister Joanne was registrar at the drama school Lamda.

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Share via Email Jez Butterworth is unusual in that he switches so easily between theatre and film. Sam Mendes returns to London stage with Jez Butterworth play Read more His previous plays, with the exception of his debut, Mojo, which was set in Soho, have remote backdrops or the liminal setting of the suburbia of his childhood.

But this play may also signal a curious swerve. Butterworth seems such an English writer, suffused with English mythology, whether in the gangland folklore of s London in Mojo or in The River , wherein a man and woman are holed up in a cabin on a fishing trip the bait used to catch the trout is that very English of snacks, a pickled onion Monster Munch.

His most famous hymn to England is the phenomenon that was his play Jerusalem , taking in as it does the very marrow of national identity: St George and Stonehenge, Jack-of-the-Green and the Queen, Morris dancers and pub car parks, custard creams, Pot Noodles and Little Chefs.

Both of his parents were part Irish Catholics, though Butterworth was born in London and grew up, the second youngest of five, on a s cul-de-sac in St Albans two brothers are also writers, with whom Butterworth has worked; another is a producer and their late sister Joanne was registrar at the drama school Lamda.

Butterworth grew up watching films, not plays. After university, Butterworth worked briefly as an office boy in an advertising agency before he and Tom signed on, left London and lived an impoverished life in a cottage in a Wiltshire village which would later serve as the model for Flintlock in Jerusalem and focused on writing. He did. At the time, Butterworth spoke about the pressure he felt to follow it up.

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Why I love Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem

Synopsis[ edit ] On St. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants him to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking, and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. He holds parties where he gets drunk and supplies drugs, some of them to under-age kids. Ginger — underdog of the group, he is older than the others who hang around with Johnny, never having grown out of the lifestyle. He aspires to be a DJ, but is an unemployed plasterer. The Professor — vague and whimsical, the elderly professor spouts philosophical nothings and unwittingly takes LSD. Davey — young teenage abattoir worker who is best friends with Lee, and visits Rooster regularly for free drugs and alcohol.

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And every bit as much as all of that, it is Rooster pouring the milk in first when he makes a cup of tea. Rylance described Jerusalem as "satisfying a hunger in audiences for wildness and defiance. And so we feel the weight of his Englishness, its texture, its ancientness. In fact what I love about Jerusalem is everything I love about the English language; its wealth and its wildness, its illogicality, the strange, rousing music of our sentences. And in the character of "Rooster" Byron, we find an emblem of both England and the English language. This flexible, muscular, yet hobbling figure; an island of a man, fuelled and attacked from all sides.

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