When: 15th – 30th September 2017
Where: Byass Works, Old Dock Road, Port Talbot, Wales
£: Tickets cost £15, £12.50 for concessions and £10 for a local ticket
What is it?
A combination of professional actors – including a local steelworker – and a community cast from Port Talbot will be performing in National Theatre Wales and Common Wealth’s We’re Still Here. This new production tackles one of the biggest symbols of Wales’ industrial past and present; the Port Talbot steelworks.
Inspired by conversations with steelworkers, union members and the wider community, We’re Still Here by Rachel Trezise will be the first theatrical response to one of the biggest recent news stories in Wales – which resonates with steel towns the world over – and will feature evocative soundscapes and visual feats in the atmospheric setting of a vast warehouse.
A cast of five professional actors – one of whom is a Port Talbot steelworker – will include Sam Coombes, Ioan Hefin, Jason May, Simon Nehan and Siôn Tudor Owen.
Performing alongside the five professionals will be four teenagers from Port Talbot – Callum Bailey, Isabelle Coombs, Dylan John, Joseph Reynolds – as well as a community cast.
Six years after National Theatre Wales staged its iconic The Passion in Port Talbot on Easter weekend 2011, the company is proud to return to the town this month, with multi-award-winning theatre company Common Wealth, to stage this brand new production.
Common Wealth make award-winning site-specific theatre events that encompass electronic sound, new writing, visual design and verbatim. Their work is political and contemporary, based in the present day, the here and now. Common Wealth seek out places to stage their work that are right at the heart of a community; a residential house, a boxing gym, places where people who might not go to the theatre might come to instead. They see their plays as campaigns, as a way of bringing people together and making change feel possible.
More info: nationaltheatrewales.org