Tue 31 May - Wed 01 Jun 2022
£14.00 | £13.00 Cons | £8.50 U26
Written by Owen Thomas
Directed by Gareth John Bale
Staring Gareth John Bale and Gwenllian Higginson
West explores the lives of two Welsh people who fall in love and decide to leave Wales in order to build a new life in the New World.
It details the hardships and adventures they faced, focusing primarily on the theme of immigration. The play is written in a lyrical, poetic style and presented using minimal set and a physicalised performance style. It is directed by Gareth John Bale, the Welsh actor and director whose credits include Grav and Nye and Jennie and Gwenllian Higginson, best known to Welsh theatre audiences for Glad yr Asyn, Miss Julie and Merched Caerdydd.
West was commissioned by the North American Festival of Wales and received its first public performance in the Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday 30th August 2019.
‘Wow!! This evening at Pontardawe Arts Centre we witnessed a very important piece of welsh literacy. If you get a chance to see “West” by Owen Thomas performed by Gareth Bale and Gwenllian Higginson, you will understand. This beautiful play will make you laugh/cry in equal measure.’ Michelle McTernan
‘The premiere of “West” was at the North American Festival of Wales (2019), where it brought me and many others to tears. Just superb. I can’t recommend it enough.’ Diane Owen