Don’t Take Me Home, an inspiring documentary from Welsh filmmaker Jonny Owen (Svengali, I Believe in Miracles) following Wales’ remarkable journey to the final stages of the 2016 European Championships, will be shown at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven on St David’s Day, Wednesday, 1 March.
From the end of the Second World War to 2016, Wales had only ever qualified for one major football tournament. But in the early part of this decade a charismatic young manager, Gary Speed, took over the reins of a brilliant, youthful side and gave the nation hope. Tragically, he took his own life just as they seemed on the cusp of finally looking to qualify. Speed’s best friend Chris Coleman took his place but struggled badly as he, the team and the country tried to come to terms with the enormity of their grief.
Two years later and they had done it. In a group containing some of Europe’s heavyweights they finally qualified for the 2016 European Championship Finals. But what would happen when they got there? In what became the global sporting story of the summer, little Wales shook the footballing world to its very foundations.
Led by star player Gareth Bale, the team quickly became the outside favourites, dazzling millions of viewers. There’s an ancient Welsh saying, “Yma o Hyd” which translates as, “we’re still here” – a defiantly apt statement from the smallest country in the history of the game getting to a major tournaments semi finals.
Don’t Take Me Home tells the story of that journey, how Wales beat tournament favourites Belgium to reach the semi-finals – focusing on the players, managers and supporters.
Don’t Take Me Home isn’t just the story of the smallest country in the history of the game getting to the final rounds of a major tournament, it’s the story of a whole country and its people, for so long left in the shadows, finally finding their place in the sun.
Don’t Take Me Home can be seen at the Torch Theatre on Wednesday, 1 March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
For tickets, contact the Torch Theatre website on: www.torchtheatre.co.uk / (01646) 695267. Customers can now print their own tickets at home, so there will be no need to queue at the Box Office. Office: