NINE GREAT WELSH ACTRESSES TO PERFORM IN NATIONAL THEATRE WALES’ MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN

NINE GREAT WELSH ACTRESSES TO PERFORM IN NATIONAL THEATRE WALES’ MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN THIS NEW, SOUTH WALES VALLEYS VERSION BY HINTERLAND’S ED THOMAS OF BRECHT’S CLASSIC PLAY WILL BE STAGED AT THE MERTHYR LABOUR CLUB The cast has been confirmed for the first production in National Theatre Wales’ fifth season – an anarchic, all-female, new version of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 anti-war play, Mother Courage and Her Children, performed in and around the Merthyr Labour Club in May 2015. Hinterland creator Ed Thomas returns to the stage to adapt, NTW artistic director John McGrath will direct and My Name is Sue composer Dafydd James will write original music for this new production, mixing Brecht’s world with the Saturday-night spirit of Merthyr. “According to the bigwigs, this war’s being fought in the name of God and all things lovely . But I think that’s bollocks. Every body in this war is out for what they can get, including a small businesswoman like me. I wouldn’t be here otherwise.” Performed by a cast of nine Welsh actresses in the gutsy English of the south Wales valleys, supported by a chorus of women from Merthyr, and in the context of our own unending wars, this will be a 21st Century version of what is often described as a 20th Century classic. The cast includes: Donna Edwards, Sara McGaughey, Gaynor Morgan-Rees, Rhian Morgan...

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