Land of Our Fathers, a funny and deeply moving Welsh mining drama, is set to embark on its first national tour starting at Wales Millennium Centre next week (20-28 October).
3 May 1979, South Wales. Thatcher is counting her votes, Sid Vicious is spinning in his grave and six Welsh miners are trapped down a coal mine.As the men await their rescue, secrets emerge and accusations fly. Within two weeks, everything they believe in and everything they know will have changed.
**** “undeniably powerful” The Guardian
**** “a high-voltage production” The Times
***** “breathtaking” The Public Reviews
The 2013 critically acclaimed debut play written by Chris Urch and directed by Paul Robinson, is packed full of blistering comedy and echoes a generation of lost voices. Winner of Time Out’s Critic’s Choice and Fringe Show of the Year 2013, Land of Our Fathers is produced by Wales Millennium Centre, Theatre503 and Tara Finney Productions.
Graeme Farrow, Artistic and Creative Director at Wales Millennium Centre, says “The next stage for Wales Millennium Centre is to produce and co-produce more work and help to put Wales on the map internationally with bold ambition. Land of Our Fathers was a deserved critical and popular hit in London. When I saw it there was no question in my mind that this production was a must-see for audiences in Wales with its history and close-knit mining communities.”
Co-producer, Tara Finney, said: “I am delighted to be taking Land of Our Fathers on tour, enabling more people around the country to see this beautiful play. It’s an incredibly ambitious production and it’s brilliant to be working with the Centre to make it happen.”
Paul Robinson, Artistic Director at Theatre503, added: “It is high on Theatre503’s agenda to keep increasing and broadening our audience; to increase the reach of our work through more co-productions with venues outside London. We are proud to be partnering with some top class venues around the country on this, our largest tour to date.”
Original cast members Joshua Price (Llwyth/Tribe) and Taylor Jay-Davies (Great Expectations – West End, The Passion) reprise their roles as Mostyn and Chewy. They are joined by John Cording (Pobol Y Cwm, Da Vinci’s Demons), Tomos Eames (Pride, Resistance), Cornelius Booth (Pride & Prejudice) and Robert Jezek (The Bodyguard – West End).
Land of Our Fathers comes to Wales Millennium Centre’s Weston Studio from 20-28 October before continuing its tour in Wales throughout November. Tickets cost £15. For more information and to book tickets visit www.wmc.org.uk or call 029 2063 6464. Age guidance 14+