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National Theatre Wales
24th June - 5th July
Great Llancayo Upper Wood near Usk, Monmouthshire


Ages 14+

This large-scale, site-specific production performed in an ancient woodland near Usk, Monmouthshire, will give audiences a vivid glimpse into life – and death – in the trenches and battlefields of the Somme.

Inspired by Welsh writer Owen Sheers’ poem Mametz Wood, it will draw on written material by the poets who fought in or witnessed one of the war’s bloodiest conflicts - the Battle of Mametz Wood, in which 4,000 of the the 38th (Welsh) Division were killed or wounded. Among the soldiers who took part were several key Welsh and English war poets, including Robert Graves, David Jones, Siegfried Sassoon and Llewelyn Wyn Griffith, and Sheers’ own great, great uncle, William Gwyn Davies.

Mametz is co-commissioned by National Theatre Wales and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The age guidance for Mametz is 14+. The production is not suitable for babies or small children and entry will be refused


we end up in dark woods... bombarded by words that pierce the heart and vignettes that capture the stomach-churning sacrifice

The finest commemoration of the First World War centenary I’ve seen to-date


likely to be the finest commemoration of the Welsh contribution to the Great War


takes immersive theatre to a nerve-shredding new level
the most impressive, inspiring and deeply moving live performance I have ever witnessed
If you only take in one piece of WWI drama over these four years, this is it

"fresh and visceral"


a real triumph for Welsh theatre



Jack Ayres
Stephen Casey
Tara D’arquian
Michael Elwyn
Daniel Graham
Chris Hoskins
Rhys Isaac-Jones
Mari Izzard
Rhodri Meilir
Kayed Mohamed-Mason
Nicola Reynolds
Rhys Rusbatch
Adam Scales
Catrin Stewart
Dafydd Llyr Thomas
Sion Daniel Young

Ensemble Cast

Thomas David Carron
Christopher Charles
Jodie Currie
Lawrence Duffy
Ailsa Margaret Dunn
James Ellis
Laura Green
Matthew Ingram
Michael Kelly
Catherine Shipton-Philips
John A Thomas
Naomi Underwood


Creative Team




Creative Associate

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Movement Director


Costume Supervisor

Vocal Coach

Emerging Director

Assistant Producer


14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions

14–18 NOW is commissioning leading artists to create new work as part of the UK’s First World War centenary commemorations.

Musicians, writers, painters, photographers, theatre directors, film-makers, digital designers, composers, poets, choreographers from around the world are being invited to look afresh at the First World War and what its many stories reveal about the world we live in today.

14–18 NOW is working with arts organisations across the UK to give audiences and communities the chance to see and take part in the programme. The work will be presented in three seasons: the first of these runs fromJune to August 2014 and will include a large-scale participatory event on 4 August to commemorate the centenary of Britain entering the First World War.

Further seasons will be presented in summer 2016 (centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July) and autumn 2018 (centenary of the Armistice on11 November).
14-18 NOW is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.