A funny and deeply moving drama that depicts two weeks in the lives of six miners trapped down a collapsed coalmine is to tour Wales and England later this year.
The 2013 critically acclaimed debut play written by Chris Urch and directed by Paul Robinson, is packed full of blistering comedy and echoes a generation of lost voices. Winner of Time Out’s Critic’s Choice and Fringe Show of the Year 2013, Land of Our Fathers is produced by Wales Millennium Centre, Theatre503 and Tara Finney Productions.
3 May 1979, South Wales. Thatcher is counting her votes, Sid Vicious is spinning in his grave and six Welsh miners are trapped down a coal mine. As the men await their rescue, secrets emerge and accusations fly. Within two weeks, everything they believe in and everything they know will have changed.
**** “undeniably powerful” The Guardian
**** “a high-voltage production” The Times
***** “breathtaking” The Public Reviews
Graeme Farrow, Artistic and Creative Director at Wales Millennium Centre says “The next stage for Wales Millennium Centre is to produce and co-produce more work and help to put Wales on the map internationally with bold ambition. Land of Our Fathers is a Welsh mining drama that was a deserved critical and popular hit in London. When I saw it there was no question in my mind that this production was a must-see for audiences in Wales with its history and close-knit mining communities.”
Original cast members Joshua Price (Llwyth/Tribe) and Taylor Jay-Davies (Great Expectations – West End, The Passion) reprise their roles as Mostyn and Chewy. They are joined by John Cording (Pobol Y Cwm, Da Vinci’s Demons), Robert Jezek (The Bodyguard – West End) and Tomos Eames (The Two Worlds of Charlie F, Trwy'r Ddinas Hon/Through this City).
Land of Our Fathers will tour Wales this October and November before touring venues in England in January and February 2016. Tickets on sale now for Wales dates. For information visit www.wmc.org.uk/LandofOurFathers.org.uk | @landofourfather
Land of Our Fathers Tour
20 – 28 October
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
www.wmc.org.uk / 02920 63 6464
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk / 01792 602060
Ammanford Miners Club, Ammanford
www.carmarthenshiretheatres.co.uk / 0845 226 3510
11 – 13 November
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
www.venuecymru.co.uk / 01492 872000
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk / 01970 62 32 32
www.galericaernarfon.com / 01286 685 222
24 – 28 November
Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk / 01352 701521
Dates for venues in England are to be announced.