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National Theatre Wales
21 September- 3 October 2015
The Ffwrnes, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

ILIAD

National Theatre Wales in association with Ffwrnes

A theatrical staging of Christopher Logue's War Music

Directors Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes

“In the beginning there was no Beginning,

And in the end, no End…”

This September, experience Ffwrnes theatre like never before as directors Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes (The Persians and Coriolan/us) bring their trademark vision to the classic Greek story, ILIAD.

This multimedia retelling of the final weeks of the Trojan War will be told by cast of great Welsh actors, including Melanie Walters (Gavin and Stacey), Richard Lynch (Coriolan/us, Pobol y Cwm) and Daniel Hawksford (Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage & Praxis Makes Perfect) along with a troupe of interfering teenage gods. ILIAD will immerse you in a vast, 360-degree cinematic landscape.

You can choose to experience the four individual shows separately, or be a part of one of two extraordinary marathon performances - either all-day (on Sat 26 Sept) or overnight (on the night of Sat 3 Oct).

Passion. Betrayal. Courage. Rage. Comradeship. Loss. Loyalty. War. Heroes rebel; Kings and gods clash … who can win in this brutal battle between men, gods and fate?

 

Epic storytelling meets box-set theatre

Audio Description: Monday 28 September, 7.30pm
A real-time scrolling text version of the script will be available on screens throughout all performances

Ages 14+

Ticket Prices
£20 / £15 conc (Single Performance)
£60 / £45 conc (Marathon)
​£70 / £50 conc (4 single performances when bought together)

Box Office: 02920 371 689

Schools (outside Carmarthenshire)*: All single shows: £10

Please contact the Ffwrnes box office to book tickets: 0845 226 3510

Marathon Schools ticket price (all schools): £40 

 

Local ticket price*:
Adult: £10 
Under 25s (inc schools & colleges): £7.50

Please contact the Ffwrnes box office to book tickets: 0845 226 3510

(*Local ticket prices are available to Carmarthenshire addresses only, these ticket prices are subject to availability, single performances only and not applicable to either marathon performance)





ILIAD: KINGS

Monday 21 & Monday 28 September The Ffwrnes, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

PART ONE

The Greeks have been on the beach for nine years. Their expedition to recover Helen, whose kidnapping sparked the war with the Trojans, has stalled. Tempers are frayed; leaders are squabbling. Achilles throws a strop and decides not to fight. The Gods take sides.

Can the Greeks survive without their greatest warrior? Will King Agamemnon go it alone? Can Troy’s best warrior Hector save his city?

Scenes of accusation and bad blood, of passion and anxiety, of fervour and doubt, of recklessness and funk.

Ticket Prices
£20 / £15 conc (Single Performance)
£60 / £45 conc (Marathon)
£70 / £50 conc (4 single performances when bought together)

Box Office
02920 371 689
BOOK ONLINE

ILIAD: THE HUSBANDS

Tuesday 22 & Tuesday 29 September Ffwrnes, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

PART TWO

The Greeks are at the Trojan Wall, poised for battle. But the head of the Trojan army, Hector, has a plan to settle the never-ending conflict; his brother, Paris should fight Helen’s husband Menelaos, man to man; winner takes all.

But the Gods have other ideas... 

Can compromise ever be reached in times of war? Who will remain true to their word? And will the Gods ever leave the humans alone?

Scenes of ritual and chivalry, of deceit and double-dealing, of claim and counter-claim, of hypocrisy and rage.

Ticket Prices
£20 / £15 conc (Single Performance)
£60 / £45 conc (Marathon)
£70 / £50 conc (4 single performances when bought together)

Box Office
02920 371 689
BOOK ONLINE

ILIAD: ALL DAY PERMANENT RED / COLD CALLS

Wednesday 23 & Wednesday 30 September Ffwrnes, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

PART THREE

The armies hum. Thunder rolls.

And with ferocious energy, the two sides go to war.

Heroes hack and slice and scream. Warriors go berserk: roaring, slamming, clamouring. The Greeks are in peril. The Gods interfere.

Achilles broods in the distance, his anger simmering as he looks on…

Scenes of heroism and horror, of comradeship and craziness, of challenges and pleas, of daring deeds and cowardly acts.

Ticket Prices
£20 / £15 conc (Single Performance)
£60 / £45 conc (Marathon)
£70 / £50 conc (4 single performances when bought together)

Box Office
02920 371 689
BOOK ONLINE

ILIAD: WAR MUSIC

 

Thursday 24 September & Thursday 1 October Ffwrnes, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

PART FOUR

Achilles still refuses to fight, but his best friend Patroclus has a plan; to take Achilles’ place and rescue the Greek ships himself.

The Greeks attack and Patroclus reaches the Wall.

But this time Fate, rather than the Gods, muscles in…

Can Achilles and King Agamemnon settle their difference for the sake of the Greeks? Will the great warrior ever return to battle? How will this ever end?

Scenes of loyalty and loss, of courage and foolhardiness, of grief and anguish, of reconciliation… and of bitter resolve.

Ticket Prices
£20 / £15 conc (Single Performance)
£60 / £45 conc (Marathon)
£70 / £50 conc (4 single performances when bought together)

Box Office
02920 371 689
BOOK ONLINE

iLIAD: MARATHON

There are four, separate parts to Iliad that can be viewed individually, or you can choose to see all four in one of two extraordinary, marathon performances - either all day (on Sat 26 Sept) or overnight (on the night of Sat 3 Oct).

During both marathons, between each part there is an interval, allowing for food & drink and comfort breaks to be taken. During the overnight performance (on 3 Oct), there will be food & drink available for purchase at the venue.

There will be seating available throughout the performances, and you are welcome to bring items with you, such as snacks or a blanket for a quick nap between performances. These cannot be left in the space between performances. 

Please see our What to Expect page for more on the experience and travel information. 

Below you will find a full breakdown of times and interval durations for both marathon performances.

Ages 14+ - Contains some strong language 

Ticket Prices
£20 / £15 conc (Single Performance)
£60 / £45 conc (Marathon)

Book Online
02920 371 689

ALL DAY MARATHON
Saturday 26 September
10.30am - 10pm

PART ONE
ILIAD: THE KINGS
Starts at 10.30am
Duration: 2 hours approx.

1 hour interval

PART TWO
ILIAD: THE HUSBANDS
Starts at 1.30pm
Duration: 2 hours approx.

1.5 hour interval 

PART THREE
ILIAD: ALL DAY PERMANENT RED / COLD CALLS 
Starts at 5pm
Duration: 2 hours approx.

1 hour interval

PART FOUR
ILIAD: WAR MUSIC 
Starts at 8pm
Duration: 2 hours approx.

The all-day marathon will finish at approx 10pm

ALL NIGHT MARATHON

Saturday 3 October - Sunday 4 October
6.30pm - 6.00am

PART ONE
ILIAD: THE KINGS
Starts at 6.30pm
Duration: 2 hours approx. 

1 hour interval 

PART TWO
ILIAD: THE HUSBANDS

Starts at 9.30pm
​Duration: 2 hours approx.

1.5 hour interval

PART THREE
ILIAD: ALL DAY PERMANENT RED / COLD CALLS

Starts at 1am
Duration: 2 hours approx.

1 hour interval 

PART FOUR
ILIAD: WAR MUSIC 
Starts at 4am
Duration: 2 hours approx. 

The all-night marathon finishes at approx 6am on Sunday 4 October.

Please note, it is not possible to purchase tickets for any of the individual parts in these marathon performances. The marathons can only be attended as a whole, with your ticket valid for either all day (on Sat 26 Sept) or overnight (on the night of Sat 3 Oct).

Audio Stream

If you’ve booked tickets to see one or two parts of Iliad, and are curious about the others, we have an exclusive opportunity to experience the full box-set.

All Iliad ticket-holders will get access to free, live audiostreams of all the single (weeknight) performances.

We'll be contacting all ticket-holders very soon, so keep an eye on your email inbox for information on how you can listen in to these exclusive audiostreams, and not miss one second of this epic story.

#NTWIliad

What to expect

Full essential information for ticket-holders here

Iliad is a promenade production staged at the Ffwrnes, Llanelli. Each individual episode will last around 2 hours.

The venue is fully accessible, with disabled toilets and step-free access to the performance space.

The audience will move around the space in this promenade style production. Seats are available throughout for those who need them or for those who want a break. As with any promenade production, it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes.

Each of the four episodes can be booked and viewed individually, all four evening shows can be booked and seen across the two weeks, or all four episodes can be seen in a marathon all day (on Sat 26th Sept) or overnight (on the night of Sat 3rd Oct). Please see our tickets page for more information.

The Ffwrnes is located in Llanelli town centre. There are plenty of food and drink outlets nearby. For those attending the overnight marathon performance, catering will be available for purchase at the venue.

Access

More details of our accessible performances will follow shortly.

The venue is fully accessible with step free access to the space.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of this production, or would like to discuss what you can expect, please contact Rhian Lewis on rhianlewis@nationaltheatrewales.org | 029 2035 3091

Travel

The Ffwrnes is within walking distance of three car parks, Llanelli’s main bus station and the train station is only a 15-minute walk away.

If you are travelling by train, the individual evening shows will be finished in time for the last train east out of Llanelli towards Cardiff. Please see below for more information.

By Car:

East Gate car park is the nearest to the venue. Please use postcode SA15 3YF - this will take you to East Gate car park.

Short Stay Parking

There is chargeable, short-term parking at East Gate car park between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday. Four hours’ maximum stay is currently £2.00. Parking is free overnight between 6pm and 8am and all day Sunday.

Long Stay Parking

Edgar Street car park near Old Road surgery. Postcode for this car park is SA15 3HW.

Church Street car park near Vauxhall Surgery (please note that there are only a limited number of long-stay bays). Postcode for this car park is SA15 3BD

For up-to-date information on all car parks, please visit Carmarthenshire Council’s parking page - click here

By Coach and Bus:

Llanelli’s main bus station is adjacent to The Ffwrnes. National Express operates services into Llanelli and there are extensive local bus services.

For travel information, contact:

First Cymru Group: www.firstgroup.com or call 01792 512255

By Rail:

First Great Western & Arriva Trains Wales provide regular services to Llanelli.

For rail information, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950

www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk | www.networkrail.co.uk | www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk

Accomodation

Find lists of hotels, B&Bs and other accomodation on the Visit Carmarthenshire website 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this production, please contact Rhian Lewis on rhianlewis@nationaltheatrewales.org

 

Teaser

About

“Homer’s Iliad captures two weeks: the story of a squabble and the repercussions of Achilles’s refusal to fight for Agamemnon. Christopher Logue’s poetic accounts took over 40 years of labour: an original, poetic reimagining of the main events in Homer, in five parts – Kings; The Husbands; All Day Permanent Red; Cold Calls; and War Music.

Greeks and Trojans meeting: in single combats; in beachhead camps; on chaotic battlefields; in smoky halls…

Arguments, negotiations, deadly encounters, untimely deaths: venal, vivid, visceral…

And ever-present, the Gods: wilfully interfering in human affairs…

The challenge: to make theatre of scale and duration to match Homer.

The ambition: to perform – for the first time – the whole of Logue’s startling text.

The plan: to build a theatre machine – a combination of sound, video, live action, setting – fit for the task.”


Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes

This will be the third production made for NTW by Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes. The first, The Persians, was performed in an army training village in the Brecon Beacons in August 2010. The second, Coriolan/us, in an aircraft hangar in the Vale of Glamorgan in August 2012.

Creative Team

Written by Christopher Logue 

Direct
ors Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes

Composer John Hardy Music

Costume Designer Simon Banham

Sound Designer Mike Beer

Cinematographer Luke Jacobs and Like and Egg Productions

Assistant Director Julia Thomas

CAST

NARRATORS

Claire Cage
 
Rosa Casado
 
Daniel Hawksford
 
Ffion Jones
 
Richard Huw Morgan
 
Guy Lewis
 
Richard Lynch
 
John Rowley
 
Melanie Walters
 
Llion Williams

 

 


TEENAGE GODS

Jacob Brown

Connor Charles

Madison Ellery

Scott Gutteridge

Lucy Havard

Harry Lynn

Ella Peel

Carmen Smith

Joseph Stockton 

Maddison Eve Thomas

colossal… completely captivating

It’s really quite astonishing how much of Troy these few people conjure in a small town in Wales

an experience we will return to, chew over, talk about for a long time to come

epic in every sense

we don’t do star ratings, but if we did this production would have enough gold sticky ones to motivate a whole classroom of mixed infants for a very long time

★★★★

★★★★

Fearless productions like this… offer rich rewards

★★★★★

so much here leaves you breathless

certainly the theatrical event of the year. It may be the theatrical event of the decade

★★★★

feels, at times, like you are inside an audiobook

Iliad is a triumph

yet another production that will stick in the memory like a spear in the sand on a Trojan beach

Check-In: Iliad

Welcome to the check-in for Iliad 

We have provided travel information below, and we would advise planning your journey well in advance.

There will be tickets available for purchase at Ffwrnes Box Office at every performance (subject to availability).

Here you will find some useful information regarding Iliad at Ffwrnes, Llanelli. We’d recommend taking 10 minutes to read through this information ahead of the performance to ensure your visit is comfortable and enjoyable.

Click here for specific information relating to the marathon performances of Iliad

THE VENUE

Iliad is a promenade production staged at Ffwrnes, Llanelli. The full address for the venue is Park Street, Llanelli, Carms SA15 3YE.

The Ffwrnes is located in Llanelli town centre. There are plenty of food and drink outlets nearby. For those attending the overnight marathon performance, catering will be available for purchase at the venue.

The venue is fully accessible, with disabled toilets and step-free access to the performance space. 

There are free cloakroom facilities available at the venue, as we cannot allow items into the space (apart from bottled water).

You can visit the venue’s website here 

THE SHOW 

There is no latecomers point, so please ensure you are on time.

Single Performances

Each single performance will begin promptly at 7.30pm and last around 2 hours, without an interval.

Marathon Performances

The marathons begin promptly at 10.30am (all-day) and 6.30pm (overnight). In both marathons,, there is an interval between each part.

We would advise arriving at least 15 minutes before your chosen performance, and for each part of the marathons. Find out the individual start times and interval breaks for the marathons here

There is adequate seating in the foyer space of Ffwrnes, and you are welcome to bring items with you, such as snacks or a blanket for resting between performances. These cannot be taken into or left in the performance space at any time, and will need to be left in the cloakroom. 

Programmes will be on sale after the show, and in between each part of the marathons. They will be available to purchase by cash only. If purchased between the performances, we would recommend leaving them in the cloakroom during the show. 

The audience will move around the space in this production, however seats are available throughout for those who need them or for those who want a break. As with any production where audiences need to move around the space, it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes.

ACCESSIBILITY 

A real-time scrolling text version of the script will be available on screens throughout all performances. There will be one audio-described performance of KINGS on Monday 28 September, with the next three parts live audio-streamed online, free of charge (see below for more information). 

The venue is fully accessible with step-free access to the space, and fully accessible toilets. The performances themselves happen in one enclosed space, which is step-free and has a level floor. There will be plastic seats with seat backs and arm rests available at all times to all audience members. The performance will move around the space, so please be aware that you may be required to move to another area.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of this production, or would like to have a chat about what you can expect, please get in touch with us on boxoffice@nationaltheatrewales.org | 029 2035 3091

TRAVEL

Ffwrnes is within walking distance of three car parks (more information on these below). Llanelli’s main bus station is adjacent to the Ffwrnes and the train station is just over 15 mins’ walk away. 

If you are travelling by train, the single performances will be finished in time for you to catch the last train east out of Llanelli towards Cardiff. Please see below for more information.

By Rail:

First Great Western & Arriva Trains Wales provide regular services to Llanelli.

For rail information, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950

www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk | www.networkrail.co.uk | www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk

By Car:

Short Stay Parking

East Gate car park is the nearest to the venue. Please use postcode SA15 3YF - this will take you to East Gate Short Stay car park. This is a pay and display car park, which only accepts coins.

The car park charges apply between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday. Four hours’ maximum stay is currently £2.00. Parking is free overnight between 6pm and 8am and all day Sunday.

Long Stay Parking
Edgar Street car park near Old Road surgery provides long stay parking. The postcode for this car park is SA15 3HW (please note that there are only a limited number of long-stay bays)

For up-to-date information on all car parks, please visit Carmarthenshire Council’s parking page here

By Coach and Bus:

 

Llanelli’s main bus station is adjacent to the Ffwrnes. National Express operates services into Llanelli and there are extensive local bus services.

For travel information, contact: First Cymru Group: www.firstgroup.com or call 01792 512255

Accomodation

You can find lists of hotels, B&Bs and other accomodation on the Visit Carmarthenshire website (link: http://www.visitcarmarthenshire.co.uk/#)

LIVE AUDIOSTREAM

There will be a live audiostream of each single performance, from 7.30pm, allowing you to follow the story of any parts you might not have caught, as they happen.

This service is only available to ticket buyers, and will not be available to hear any part after the performance has ended.

We will be sending the link to access the live audiostream along with further information very soon, so please keep an eye on your email inbox.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this production, please contact boxoffice@nationaltheatrewales.org