Welsh theatre company Motherlode promises their knew play will be allot(ment) of fun and hopes it will really take off.
Their previous show which was also a co-production with RCT Theatres travelled to New York and this work will see them head to London following an autumn Welsh tour.
Motherlode pride themselves on telling relevant new drama that is inspired by real life stories and their new production Exodus, written and directed by Rachael Boulton, is set in South Wales on the eve of the closure of the town’s last factory.
Bolton said,“ Four neighbours gather in an allotment, decide to build a plane, and take off down the high street. Past the butchers, past the curry house and above the chapel in search of a life free from politics and the grind. It’s a tragic comedy that I was very lucky to develop with a great team of people and I really hope communities across Wales will enjoy it.”
Boulton’s last production with her company Motherlode, The Good Earth, told the story of a Valleys community torn apart by their council and big business and its success found it performing on the New York stage with
Boulton continues: “The play is a lot of fun, but contains real stories about real people with real challenges. I think that’s why Motherlode’s work might resonate with audiences inside and outside of Wales. We were very fortunate to have a strong response when taking The Good Earth to New York and we’re delighted to have been invited to take Exodus to London in November too”.
The production, which will tour to 12 venues across Wales this October from Milford Haven in the west to Newport in the east and Mold in the North, will open at The Coliseum Theatre Aberdare, to mark the 80th birthday of the beautiful 1930’s art deco 650 seat theatre, on the 5thof October.
Angela Gould, Theatre Programme and Audience Development Manager for RCT Theatres, who are co-producers on Exodus, said, “2018 marks the 80th birthday of the Coliseum Theatre, and what better way to celebrate than to mark the anniversary with a year of amazing and vibrant events – including spectacular performances, special events, participation activities and fun for everyone!”
Gould continues: “This landmark year for our iconic and beautiful building culminates with this unique performance co-produced by RCT Theatres. Developed in the heart of our community, Exodus is an integral part of our 80th birthday celebrations and we can’t wait for it to open here.”
he play is accompanied by a live original score by David Grubb with choreography from Emma Vickery culminating in a new adventure that makes anything seem possible.
5 & 6 October The Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare |rct-theatres.co.uk/ 0300 004 0444
9 & 10 October Theatr Clwyd, Mold |theatrclwyd.com/ 01352 701521
11 October Llandinam Village Hall | 01686 688902
12 October Redhouse Cymru, Merthyr Tydfil|redhousecymru.com/ 01685 384111
13 October Taliesin, Swansea |taliesinartscentre.co.uk/ 01792 602060
17 – 20 October Chapter, Cardiff* |chapter.org / 029 2030 4400
23 October Riverfront, Newport |tickets.newportlive.co.uk / 01633 656679
24 October Gwynfe Village Hall |01550 740462
25 October Torch Theatre, Milford Haven|torchtheatre.co.uk/ 01646 695267
26 October Blackwood Miners’ Institute |your.caerphilly.gov.uk/bmi/ 01495 227206
27 October Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon |brycheiniog.co.uk/ 01874 611622
30 October Cwmavon Village Hall |01495 774526 or 01495 772869
5-20 November Finborough Theatre, London |finboroughtheatre.co.uk / 01223 357851