National Theatre Wales
THE STORM CYCLE
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 Persians, Coriolan/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
STORM.2: THINGS COME APART
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)
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Age guidance: 14+
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