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Motherlode announce run of their first play The Good Earth     

Motherlode  announce  run  of  their  first  play  The  Good  Earth
New  Welsh  play  from  National  Theatre  Wales Emerging  Director  Rachael  Boulton
Award-­winning  Welsh  producer  Sarah-­Jane  Leigh’s  latest  play
Four  night  run  at  Chapter  starts  9th  September  2015


A  new  Welsh  story  about  fighting  for  community.  


Inspired  by  true  events,  The  Good  Earth  is  an  original  Welsh  production  that  sees  a   small  village  fighting  to  save  their  community  against  outside  forces,  and  will  be   shown  at  Chapter,  Cardiff  from  9-­12  September  2015.    

Motherlode’s  debut  production,  by  National  Theatre  Wales  emerging  director  Rachael   Boulton,  and  award-­winning  producer  Sarah  Jane  Leigh,  was  developed  at  the  Wales   Millennium  Centre  and  a  residency  at  the  Park  and  Dare  theatre,  Treorchy.  

The  story  of  The  Good  Earth  is  inspired  by  actual  events  and  told  through  physical  theatre,   Welsh  folk  song  and  new  writing,  bringing  to  life  a  valley  community  torn  apart  by  their   council,  big  business  and  eventually  themselves.  

“I  came  across  this  story  a  few  years  ago  about  one  village  that  had  been  told  their   mountain  wasn’t  safe  -­  and  they  all  had  to  leave  their  homes.”  explains  the  director   Rachael.  “The  battle  they  had  with  the  council  went  on  for  twenty  years  and  had   everything:  family  feuds,  corruption,  danger  -­  a  real  saga.  I  wrote  some  scenes,  but  it   wasn’t  until  we  discovered  our  family  of  characters  through  devising  that  The  Good  Earth,   and  the  whole  village  came  to  life.”  

The  Good  Earth  is  a  co-­production  between  Fragments,  Motherlode  &  RCT  in  association  with  Chapter  Arts  Centre  and  the  Wales  Millennium  Centre.  Supported  by  Arts  Council   Wales.  Original  Concept  and  Direction  by  Rachael  Boulton.  Musical  direction  and   arrangement  by  Max  Mackintosh.  Devised  by  the  Motherlode.  

The  Good  Earth  will  show  at  Chapter  Arts  Centre  from  9-­12  September  at  7:30  pm.   Tickets  are  available  from  Chapter  (www.chapter.org  /  029  2030  4400)  
£12  full  price  /  £10  concessions.    

You  can  follow  the  rehearsal  process  on  Twitter  with  #thegoodearth  or  on  Facebook   by  searching  for  Motherlodetheatre.  
 
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