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The Wood Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Friday 23 March     

The Wood 
 Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Friday 23 March 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 sacrifice set against the backdrop of a world in flames...”

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 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 Mametz Wood to fulfil 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 flags 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 Wood is being performed at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Friday 23 March. Tickets are available from the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 62 32 32 or online at

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