THE COMPANY WILL REUNITE WITH WELSH HEAVYWEIGHTS INCLUDING MIKE PEARSON & MIKE BROOKES, GRUFF RHYS, TIM PRICE AND MARC REES.
Five big productions will take centre-stage in National Theatre Wales’ fifth season of work, announced this week. The productions reunite the company with some old friends, and introduce some new ones. They were announced in a series of digital messages sent to mobile phones throughout the week (2-6 March 2015).
The five productions are:
- A new, south Wales valleys version of Brecht’s Mother Courage and her Children, performed by a cast of nine women, adapted by Hinterland’s Ed Thomas and directed by NTW’s artistic director John McGrath, with music by The Village Social co-creator Dafydd James.
- NTW’s first co-production with its Welsh-language counterpart, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, which will tell the story of how 150 men and women left Wales in 1865 and settled in Patagonia, told in English, Welsh and Spanish, and created by artist Marc Rees (who made For Mountain, Sand & Sea and Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited with NTW).
- An epic staging of Homer’s Iliad, created by Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes (who created NTW’s award-winning Coriolan/us and The Persians). Each of the four episodes can be viewed individually, while bolder audience members can choose to see all four in one of two extraordinary, omnibus performances – either all day or overnight.
- A family show with a twist, created by the team that made NTW’s Praxis Makes Perfect – Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, writer Tim Price and director Wils Wilson; a festive theatre gig for audiences of all ages.
- A musical play by writer and poet Patrick Jones, featuring new tracks by James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers, about a choir of men and women with dementia who clash and bond over their shared histories.
The first two of these five productions are on sale now. Five other projects are being announced today, alongside these five, big productions.
For full details, see the attached press release…