from an original work by Franz Xaver Kroetz
The Nest is a translation by Conor McPherson of Franz Xaver Kroetz's 1975 play, Das Nest, about a young couple expecting a baby, and the moral and environmental cost of their materialistic nesting instincts. The Nest was first performed at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, on 1 October 2016, before transferring to the Young Vic, London, on 28 October, in a co-production by the Lyric and the Young Vic.
The play opens in a flat belonging to parents-to-be, Kurt and Martha. Kurt spends long, arduous days working as a lorry-driver, while the heavily pregnant Martha puts in extra hours for a market research company so that they can afford all the new things they need for their baby. When Kurt’s boss offers him a chance to make some easy money with a mysterious side job, he rashly accepts, only to discover too late that he has caused an environmental catastrophe – one that has deeply personal consequences for Kurt and his new-born son.
The premiere production was directed by Ian Rickson and designed by Alyson Cummins, with an original score composed by PJ Harvey. The cast was Caoilfhionn Dunne as Martha and Laurence Kinlan as Kurt.