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Nice Fish

Nice Fish

By Mark Rylance & Louis Jenkins
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848426290, 80 pages, November 2016


On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It's the end of the fishing season, and two old friends are out on the ice, angling for something big; something down there that is pure need.

Something that might just swallow them whole.

In Nice Fish, celebrated actor Mark Rylance draws on his own teenage years in the American Midwest, in a unique collaboration with critically acclaimed Minnesotan contemporary prose poet Louis Jenkins and the whole company.

This sublimely playful, profound and very funny play transferred direct from a sell-out run in New York to the Harold Pinter Theatre, London, in 2016, in a production directed by Claire van Kampen and starring Rylance and Jim Lichtscheidl.


"A whimsical, ultimately resonant portrait of lost souls waiting to hook or be hooked."

- Time Out New York

"Beautifully strange… evocative and amusing."

- The Arts Desk

"Exhilaratingly odd… Waiting for Godot on ice."

- The Stage

"Deliriously funny."

- Variety