Company: Torch-Theatre Company
Written by Owen Thomas, directed by Peter Doran and based on an idea by Ifan Huw Dafydd.
From Owen Thomas, writer of the award winning ‘Grav’, comes a brand-new play written to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I. It is July 1916, and as the Battle of the Somme rages, Mametz Wood echoes to the sounds of war as the 38th Welsh Regiment face the ferocity of the German army. Dan and Billy, two young soldiers, forge a friendship in the heat of the build up to the infamous battle. A tale of friendship, love and sacrifice set against the backdrop of world in flames.
Approx. runtime: 75mins.
What the press says
Writing for the theatre world's leading weekly newspaper and website The Stage, reviewer Jafar Iqbal called ‘The Wood’ “a touching tribute to the fallen", commending the "soothing lyricism" of Owen Thomas’ monologues and Ifan Huw Dafydd’s "powerful lead performance... Dafydd is a dominating presence, both physically and vocally. He is a joy to watch. Humour constantly bubbles under his dialogue, but director Peter Doran makes sure this doesn’t dilute the melancholic nature of the subject matter." Read more here.
For The Western Telegraph, Eifion Jenkins described ‘The Wood’ as “a moving and memorable drama”, praising not only the actors (“a riveting performance by Ifan Huw Dafydd ... and too by promising young actor Gwydion Rhys”), but also Sean Crowley’s “timeless and atmospheric” woodland setting – a place “of terror, wonder and fantasy”.
Writing for Arts Scene Wales, Amanda Griffiths called ‘The Wood’ “a gripping and touching drama”, with acclaim for the “authenticity” of the story, the actors’ stamina and chemistry, and James Williams’ “beautiful” music and sound design. Read more here.