24th June - 5th July
Great Llancayo Upper Wood near Usk, Monmouthshire
This large-scale, site-specific production performed in an ancient woodland near Usk, Monmouthshire, 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 the poets who fought in or witnessed one of the war’s bloodiest conflicts - the Battle of Mametz Wood, in which 4,000 of the 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 Gwyn Davies.
Mametz is co-commissioned by National Theatre Wales and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The age guidance for Mametz is 14+. The production is not suitable for babies or small children and entry will be refused
we end up in dark woods... bombarded by words that pierce the heart and vignettes that capture the stomach-churning sacrifice
The finest commemoration of the First World War centenary I’ve seen to-date
likely to be the finest commemoration of the Welsh contribution to the Great War
takes immersive theatre to a nerve-shredding new level
the most impressive, inspiring and deeply moving live performance I have ever witnessed
If you only take in one piece of WWI drama over these four years, this is it
"fresh and visceral"
a real triumph for Welsh theatre
Dafydd Llyr Thomas
Sion Daniel Young
Thomas David Carron
Ailsa Margaret Dunn
John A Thomas
SARAH JANE LEIGH
14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions
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 to August 2014 and will include a large-scale participatory event on 4 August to commemorate the centenary of Britain entering the First World War.
Further seasons will be presented in summer 2016 (centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July) and autumn 2018 (centenary of the Armistice on11 November).
14-18 NOW is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.