About the show
21-24 March 2018 / Cardiff
STORM.2: THINGS COME APART
In June 1919, Cardiff city centre was the scene of four days and nights of vicious riots. The root causes were a long-standing, complex knot of post-war frustrations following demobilisation, but the spark that finally ignited the worst of the violence was racial tension.
No full narrative of the riots exists. A new text, specially compiled for STORM.2: Things Come Apart, creates a running account using only the reports in local, period newspapers – as well as the Chief Constable’s assessment. Inevitably partial, they expose the attitudes and prejudices of that era.
This verbatim material will be narrated live by a cast of three professional actors (Ali Goolyad, Aisling Groves-McKeown and John Rowley), alongside period maps, commercial directories and photographs of the city.
At a time of global political and social instability, this hard-hitting production will be a reminder of the value of compassion and of hard-won civil rights, and the risks we take when we neglect them.