Fresh from the current Welsh tour which started at the Wales Millennium Centre, Chris Urch’s critically-acclaimed debut play Land of Our Fathers, directed by Paul Robinson, will embark on the English leg of its UK tour. This funny and deeply moving Welsh mining drama is packed full of blistering comedy and echoes a generation of lost voices.
It’s May 1979 in 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.
Thanks in large part to a superbly claustrophobic set, director Paul Robinson pushes these opposing figures towards each other with tremendous effect. He conducts proceedings with a deft touch, allowing his exceptional cast to mine laugh-out-loud humour from sequences where it shouldn’t exist… It’s breathtaking. (The Stage)
Paul Robinson, Artistic Director at Theatre503, comments, The response so far has been thrilling and we’re delighted to be bringing the production to some fantastic venues in England in the New Year.
The story is so universal with characters that you can’t help but fall in love with, and we hope the play will continue to bring laughs and tears as it continues its journey.
Described by the Guardian as ‘undeniably powerful’ and The Times as ‘a high-voltage production’, Land of Our Fathers was a winner of Time Out’s Critic’s Choice and Fringe Show of the Year 2013.
Co-producer, Tara Finney, says, I am delighted to be taking Land of Our Fathers on tour, enabling more people around the country to see this beautiful play. I have no doubt it will continue to enthral people as we move from the Welsh to English venues.
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), Tomos Eames (Pride, Resistance), Cornelius Booth (Pride & Prejudice) and Robert Jezek (The Bodyguard – West End).