Launched in 2010, National Theatre Wales creates bold, invigorating theatre in the English language that is rooted in Welsh culture but which embraces internationalism. Expressing topical issues in innovative ways through collaboration with a rich community of creative talents in and beyond Wales, NTW seeks to find new and surprising ways to engage and involve audiences by making and presenting their work in both traditional and unexpected places. Told By An Idiot has toured its award-winning work extensively internationally. Devised and improvised by a core team of highly skilled performers, the company's productions combine expertly executed visual and physical theatre with a playful but rigorous approach to text in order to create genuinely spontaneous and universally accessible experiences for their audiences.
Based on the collection of short stories of the same name published in 1946,The Dark Philosophers is a celebration of one of Wales' most distinctive voices of the last century: the great novelist and chronicler Gwyn Thomas. Illustrating the hardship and unquenchable spirit of the famous Rhondda Valley mining community where Thomas grew up, this highly visual show - featuring a very strong ensemble of actors and high production values - is a funny, violent and passionate depiction of a community teetering on the brink of humanity.
'An impressive piece'
Image © Toby Farrow
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