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THE TORCH THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS ‘THE WOOD’Written by Owen Thomas • Directed by Peter Doran Based on an idea by Ifan Huw Dafydd     

THE TORCH THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS ‘THE WOOD’Written by Owen Thomas • Directed by Peter Doran Based on an idea by Ifan Huw Dafydd A new play from the director and writer of the award-winning Grav, written to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.
“A tale of friendship, love and sacri ce set against the backdrop of a world in ames...”
It is July 1916, and as the Battle of the Somme rages, Mametz Wood echoes to the sounds of war as the 38th Welsh Division face the ferocity of the German army...
From Owen Thomas, writer of the award winning ‘Grav’, comes a brand-new play written to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I. Inspired by a true story.
Dan and Billy, two young soldiers, forge a friendship in the heat of the build-up to the infamous battle. When Billy is killed in Mametz Wood, he leaves behind a devastated friend and, back home, a heart-broken and pregnant wife.
Altered by his experiences on the Western Front, Dan returns home to step into his friend’s shoes, ultimately marrying Billy’s widow and raising their baby son as his own.
Fifty years later, in a clearing in the wood, Dan has returned to lay a ghost to rest.
The Torch Theatre is very pleased to be working once again with Owen Thomas – one of the most exciting writers in Wales, following the success of ‘Grav’. Owen is also delighted to be working again with the creative team at the Torch Theatre.
The production will be directed by our award-winning Artistic Director, Peter Doran (Best Director, Wales Theatre Awards 2017) and can be seen at the Torch Theatre from Tuesday 20 February to Thursday 1 March 2018, before it heads off on tour throughout Wales during March 2018.
“I commissioned Owen to write The Wood for the centenary of the end of the First World War, I never imagined that we would end up with such a powerful, moving piece of theatre. Based on an idea by the actor Ifan Huw Dafydd, it charts an old man’s journey back to Ma- metz Wood to ful l a promise he made to his best friend who lost his life alongside him in 1916. It has a wonderful poetic feel to it and set to a fabulous original underscore by James Williams, it really is one to look out for.”
Peter Doran, Artistic Director, talking to Arts Scene In Wales
“Peter wanted to mark the anniversary of the end of the war in some way and how it linked in with poetry and writing such as Sassoon and Wilfred Owen... It’s quite a poetic approach and is set in a clearing in Mametz Wood in 1966 when a soldier who lost his best friend in the battle returns there to lay a ghost to rest.
“The Welsh involvement in the battles, of course, was very strong and when I visited the site I spent about an hour and a half just walking through the wood soaking up the atmosphere. There are still shells on the ground and Welsh ags on the trees. It’s a very haunting place and I wanted to capture that in the play as well. I hope people are moved by it, I wanted it to be a very emotional experience.”
Writer Owen Thomas, interviewed in Pembrokeshire Life, February 2017

The performance falls within the centenary of the end of the First World War, where the Royal British Legion is marking the centenary of the First World War (2014 to 2018) with commemorations in the UK and Republic of Ireland with a focus on Remembrance, education and legacy.
The Wood story focuses upon how the events during and after the attack on Mametz Wood, during the First Battle of the Somme in France 1916, affected the lives of those who fought and the families of those who gave the ultimate sacri ce.
The 38th (Welsh) Division of the British Army suffered heavy losses during the battle, of which many of the troops were from ‘Pal Battalions’ of volunteers from the same area, such as the 16th (Cardiff City) Battalion of the Welsh Regiment and the 11th (2nd Gwents) Battalion.
The play has been written by Owen Thomas, one of the most exciting writers in Wales, following the success of GRAV.
Tour dates:

Torch Theatre, MILFORD HAVEN
Tuesday 20 February – Thursday 1 March, 7.30pm
Wednesday 28 February, 2.30pm [MATINEE]
01646 695267 |

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, CARDIFF
Friday 2 March, 7.45pm
02920 391 391 |

Tuesday 6 March, 7.30pm
08452 263 510 |

The Welfare, Ystradgynlais
Wednesday 7 March, 7.30pm
01639 843 163 |

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
Thursday 8 March, 7.30pm
01874 611 622 |

The Hafren, Newtown
Saturday 10 March, 7.30pm
01686 614 555 |

Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan
Tuesday 13 March, 7.30pm
01239 621 200 |

The Riverfront, Newport
Wednesday 14 March, 7.30pm
01633 656 757 |

Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe
Thursday 15 March, 7.30pm
01792 863 722 |

Newbridge Memo, Newbridge
Friday 16 March, 7.30pm
01495 243 252 |

Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
Tuesday 20 March, 7.30pm
01873 850 805 |

Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli
Thursday 22 March, 7.30pm
01758 704 088

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
Friday 23 March, 7.30pm
01970 623 232 |

Theatr Clwyd, Mold
Saturday 24 March, 7.45pm
01352 701 521 |

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James Gent
Monday, February 05, 2018back



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