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EXODUS  HELLUVA DAY FOR FLYING! Welsh theatre company Motherlode in co-production with RCT Theatres’ brand new production, Exodus, got off to a flying start – receiving much critical acclaim and overwhelming positive audience feedback. Blisteringly funny, this heart-warming and uniquely Welsh story is touring selected venues across Wales then heading off to London.

Motherlode pride themselves on telling relevant new drama that is inspired by real life stories and this brand new production, written and directed by Rachael Boulton, is no exception.

Critics are impressed with Rachael’s script; Wales Arts Review said “The best thing about Boulton’s script is the honesty with which she frames Aberdare. Boulton paints the picture of a town that has united because they all feel like they don’t belong, immigrants and indigenous alike. She does it slightly though, through throwaway lines rather than grandiose statements. It’s effective in its simplicity”

Get The Chance said “Rachael Boulton and her team have created a funny, clever, relevant and thought provoking piece of theatre that strikes a chord with its audience; a reaction that can be heard in their laughter and the warmth of their response”

Set in south Wales on the eve that the last factory in the town closes, four neighbours hatch a plan that is literally pie in the sky.

Boulton says; “Four neighbours gather in an abandoned warehouse and decide to build a plane. They take off down the high street, past the butchers, past the curry house and above the chapel in search of a life free from politics and the grind of everyday life. It’s a tragic comedy that I was very lucky to develop with a great team of people and judging from the feedback - audiences across Wales are enjoying it.”

Audience reactions so far have included “so simple, yet so detailed”, “excellent script, well acted, very funny!” “awesome production”, “Brilliant. Funny, poignant and resonates with the current situation of the country.”

The talented cast that includes Gwenllian Higginson, Mike Humphreys, Berwyn Pearce, Liam Tobin and Karim Bedda were singled out for praise by Get The Chance “From the get-go, one of the most immediately engaging qualities of Exodus is the sheer exuberance of the cast. Their emotion across both jovial and sombre scenes was contagious by the sheer energy and precision given to each movement and utter of punctuation in Rachael Boulton’s direction of her own script”. Wales Arts Review said “Higginson has the deceptively difficult task of keeping the play grounded, and that gravitas allows Liam Tobin and Berwyn Pearce to give genuinely hilarious performances.”

Blisteringly funny, this heart-warming drama is accompanied by a live original score by David Grubb with choreography from Emma Vickery, whose was singled out for praise by Wales Arts Review “credit for which can go to movement director Emma Vickery. Beautifully choreographed dance sequences are peppered throughout the piece, giving the production a somewhat ethereal quality”

Catch this up-lifting adventure as it flies around Wales, tickets are on sale now for performances at Chapter Cardiff (17 – 20 October), Riverfront Newport (23 October), Gwynfe Village Hall (24 October), Torch Theatre Milford Haven (25 October), Blackwood Miners’ Institute (26 October), Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon (27 October), Cwmavon Village Hall (30 October) and Finborough Theatre London (4-20 November).

For more information, interviews and images please contact Andrea Beecham on 01685 652 535 extension 3 or email

Tour details:

17 - 20 October
Chapter, Cardiff* | / 029 2030 4400

23 October
Riverfront, Newport | / 01633 656679

24 October
Gwynfe Village Hall | 01550 740462

25 October
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven | / 01646 695267

26 October
Blackwood Miners’ Institute | /01495 227206

27 October
Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon | / 01874 611622

30 October
Cwmavon Village Hall | 01495 774526 or 01495 772869

4-20 November
Finborough Theatre, London | / 01223 357851

*Closed Captioned performances

About Motherlode
Working in communities and locations across Wales and the South West, Motherlode collaborates with an ensemble of actors, writers, musicians, creatives and choreographers to create vibrant, relevant new theatre that is inspired by real life stories. Run by artistic director Rachael Boulton with theatre maker Emma Vickery, their first production The Good Earth successfully toured Wales and New York, between August and November 2016. Motherlode has also developed work with young companies, staging work at the National Theatre in 2016 and Wales Millennium Centre in 2017. Exodus will be the company’s second production.

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Andrea Beecham
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