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‘THE WOOD’ TAKES ITS FINAL BOW ON STAGE FOR A SOLD-OUT SHOW AT THEATR CLWYD     

‘THE WOOD’ TAKES ITS FINAL BOW ON STAGE FOR A SOLD-OUT SHOW AT THEATR CLWYD
From the director and writer of the award-winning Grav, written to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, The Wood opened to a standing ovation at the Torch Theatre during the run in Milford Haven (Tuesday 20 February to Thursday 1 March 2018) and garnered favourable reviews in print and online:

“A touching tribute to the fallen” - The Stage
“Gripping and touching” - Arts Scene Wales
“Moving and memorable drama” - Western Telegraph
“The Wood will surely draw audiences across Wales” - Wales Arts Review

From there on, it toured Wales from the 6th March through to the final performance at Theatr Clwyd on 24 March 2018. Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the first touring show at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama due to adverse weather conditions, the remainder of the tour went without issue, and an additional performance at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff met with delighted audiences and left with applause and unanimous praise.

The Audience feedback across social media throughout the tour echoed the fantastic reception which concluded each performance. One audience member writes “What an amazing production. I feel drained! Such an emotional journey and story beautifully told by two very talented actors. Bravo.” While another sums up The Wood as “Gripping, heart wrenching and very thought provoking.”

Based on an idea by BAFTA Cymru award-winning actor Ifan Huw Dafydd, The Wood was developed by Owen and Peter as a two-hander, performed by Ifan Huw Dafydd alongside Pembrokeshire’s own Gwydion Rhys.

Despite being Dafydd’ & Rhys’ first collaborative production with the Torch Theatre, it was the strength of their performances which provided a show which, as Mike Smith from Arts Scene in Wales writes, was “gripping and gut-wrenching” and one which “truly shocks with some of the stories of battlefield horror.”

One of the most poignant moments of the tour occurred when one of the play’s two leads, Ifan Huw Daffydd (‘Dan’ in ‘The Wood’), met with an audience member after the show, taking to Twitter to share the particularly touching interaction:

“An elderly gent proudly wearing his and his father’s medals shook my hand after the show tonight [at the] Torch Theatre saying that ‘The Wood’ was a fitting tribute to his father's memory. Thank you sir.”

While it is impossible to even begin to imagine the horrors which the Brave men of the 38th Welsh Infantry Division faced at Mametz Wood, as Mike Smith explains

“…it is not just pretty poppies at the Tower of London, lyrical and poignant poetry, marble statues and Portland stone memorial, it is the… disgusting reality of war, and [we are] all the better for coming face to face with it, hopefully only in a play called The Wood, in a little theatre in a suburb of Cardiff.”

It is important that we forget not the horrors of history, but instead remember our past, continuing to honour the brave men and women who fought and bore the lifelong burdens of the Great War. We must share the legacy of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, who’s stories need to be told, and who’s voices are certainly neve
Torch Theatre Milford Haven  
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Liam Cole
e-mail: liam@torchtheatre.co.uk
Tuesday, March 27, 2018back

 

 

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