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National Theatre Wales

Created by Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes

A series of six productions conceived, designed and directed by Pearson and Brookes, creators of some of the company’s most critically-acclaimed work to date (The PersiansCoriolan/us, Iliad). These multimedia works will be performed at different locations across Wales, at a variety of scales and sizes, exploring two key themes; truth and testimony. They will culminate in 2020 with the creation of a major, new, large-scale production for our 10th anniversary programme.

There is a storm coming…
We live in tempestuous times: an era of climatic and environmental 

uncertainty and of
social and political upheaval. Perhaps it was always so.
But what new forms can theatre develop and adopt: to engage with and to reflect the
temper of our times?
An urgent theatre: fit for purpose, addressing and expressing our present realities
Of living in the eye of the storm


In June 1919, Cardiff city centre was the scene of four days and nights of vicious riots. The root causes were a long-standing, complex knot of post-war frustrations following demobilisation, but the spark that finally ignited the worst of the violence was racial tension.

No full narrative of the riots exists. A new text, specially compiled for STORM.2: Things Come Apart, creates a running account using only the reports in local, period newspapers – as well as the Chief Constable’s assessment. Inevitably partial, they expose the attitudes and prejudices of that era.

This verbatim material will be narrated live by a cast of three professional actors (Ali Goolyad, Aisling Groves-McKeown and John Rowley), alongside period maps, commercial directories and photographs of the city.

At a time of global political and social instability, this hard-hitting production will be a reminder of the value of compassion and of hard-won civil rights, and the risks we take when we neglect them.

The Tabernacl Church, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AJ
21-24 March 2018, 8pm (plus 3pm matinee on 24 March)

£10 / £7.50 (concessions)  
£5 (preview, 21 March) 
Hynt scheme applies to all Disabled tickets – bookable on 029 2037 1689

Age guidance: 14+

Accessible Performances
All performances are wheelchair accessible.
Further access provision to be confirmed, Please contact if you have any questions.