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Short Film

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NATIONAL THEATRE WALES TO COMMEMORATE WWI WITH MAMETZ, INSPIRED BY WELSH & ENGLISH WAR POETS AND PERFORMED IN AN ANCIENT WOODLAND

Release Date: 1000hrs Thursday 27th March 2014 NATIONAL THEATRE WALES TO COMMEMORATE WWI WITH MAMETZ, INSPIRED BY WELSH & ENGLISH WAR POETS AND PERFORMED IN AN ANCIENT WOODLAND WELSH POET OWEN SHEERS WILL WRITE THIS LARGE-SCALE, SITE-SPECIFIC PRODUCTION, PERFORMED NEAR USK, MONMOUTHSHIRE National Theatre Wales will stage a site-specific production in field and nearby forest near Usk, as part of the World War I commemorations in June. Mametz will give audiences a vivid glimpse into life – and death – in the trenches and battlefields of the Somme. Inspired by Welsh writer Owen Sheers’ poem Mametz Wood, it will draw on written material by some of the poets who fought in or witnessed one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Somme – The Battle of Mametz Wood, in which 4,000 of the 38th (Welsh) Division were killed or wounded. Among the soldiers who took part were several key Welsh and English war poets, including Robert Graves, David Jones, Siegfried Sassoon and Llewelyn Wyn Griffith, and Sheers’ own great, great uncle, William Cross. Writer Owen Sheers is a Welsh poet, author and scriptwriter. He has published two poetry collections, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill, which won a Somerset Maugham Award. His debut prose work The Dust Diaries, a non-fiction narrative set in Zimbabwe, won the Welsh Book of the Year 2005. Owen’s first novel, Resistance, has been translated into...

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Mametz

14–18 NOW is commissioning leading artists to create new work as part of the UK’s First World War centenary commemorations. Musicians, writers, painters, photographers, theatre directors, film-makers, digital designers, composers, poets, choreographers from around the world are being invited to look afresh at the First World War and what its many stories reveal about the world we live in today. 14–18 NOW is working with arts organisations across the UK to give audiences and communities the chance to see and take part in the programme. The work will be presented in three seasons: the first of these runs fromJune...

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