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RAPE OF THE FAIR COUNTRY

14 February – 09 March 2013

"Watching this beautiful stage-adaptation of Alexander Cordell's 1959 novel is a bit like drinking the sweetest tasting water from a mountain stream. Tim Baker's production tours Wales over the next few months. It deserves to travel further."   **** The Daily Telegraph     ***** The Western Mail

 

RAPE OF THE FAIR COUNTRY

RAPE OF THE FAIR COUNTRY

By: Alexander Cordell
Adapted by: Manon Eames

Clwyd Theatr Cymru

"....there was a spontaneous standing ovation at the rousing close when I was there, and I suspect it will become a feature of the run. Every schoolchild should see it to comprehend the history of Wales."
  ***** The Western Mail

"....spectacular...many of the excellent cast take on multiple roles....a production that will stick in the memory" The Stage

 Compelling drama that captures a family's role in their nation's turbulent past.

It is 1826. The Mortymers are a Welsh family caught in the bitter crossfire between their English employers and the early trade union movement. Morfydd opposes the changes transforming their beautiful valley, but her easy going brother Iestyn and his best friend Mo Jenkins are more concerned with winning punch-ups… and women!

Moments of warm humour and great poignancy abound as we are swept from the fiery hell of the furnaces to the icy stillness of a Welsh mountainside and on to bloody scenes of rebellion.

Packed with music, wry humour and fervent intensity Rape of the Fair Country is probably one of the most gripping dramas you will experience this year.

Directed by Clwyd Theatr Cymru's award-winning Associate Director Tim Baker, following his acclaimed touring productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.

"…an involving, emotional and highly moving experience…the sheer sweep of the drama is overwhelming"  Daily Post

7.30pm
Saturday Matinees  2.30pm
**

Talkbacks: 28 February & 7 March
Pay What You Can
and Teen Tickets available.

Described Performances: 23 February 2.30pm & 28 February 7.30pm
Captioned Performance
: 2 March 2.30pm

**AFTERNOON TEA  is available for matinee ticket holders at a price of £6.00, post show. Afternoon tea must be pre-booked through the Box Office 0845 330 3565**


ON TOUR

NEW THEATRE, Cardiff
Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 March
Box Office: 029 2087 8889

GRAND THEATRE, Swansea
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 March
Box Office: 01792 475715


  • Cast

  • Hedydd Dylan
  • Tomos Eames
  • Crisian Emanuel
  • Michael Geary
  • Carwyn Glyn
  • Charlotte Gray
  • Phylip Harries
  • Sion Ifan
  • Victoria John
  • Gwawr Loader
  • Dyfrig Morris
  • Simon Nehan
  • Kai Owen
  • Christian Patterson
  • Elin Phillips
  • Sion Pritchard
  • Creative

  • Writer Alexander Cordell
  • Adaptor Manon Eames
  • Director Tim Baker
  • Designer Mark Bailey
  • Composer Dyfan Jones
  • Lighting Designer Nick Beadle
  • Sound Designer Matthew Williams
★★★★

“Watching this beautiful stage-adaptation of Alexander Cordell’s best-selling 1959 novel ... Finely lit to evoke is a bit like drinking the sweetest-tasting water from a mountain stream” – The Telegraph

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★★★★★

“– there was a spontaneous standing ovation at the rousing close when I was there, and I suspect it will become a feature of the run. Every schoolchild should see it to comprehend the history of Wales.” – Western Mail

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“Judging by the standing ovation at Clwyd Theatr Cymru last night though, you might be mad to miss Manon Eames’s adaptation of Anthony Cordell’s” – The Chester Chronicle

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“... sometimes amusing, often heart-rending production ... will prompt a few damp eyes and froggy throats.” – Daily Post

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“....spectacular...many of the excellent cast take on multiple roles....a production that will stick in the memory” – The Stage

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“... powerfully authentic ... a Clwyd Theatr Cymru classic” – VIRTUAL SHROPSHIRE

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