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National Theatre Wales
November 2010
In Newport and Wrexham

The Dark Philosophers

Based on the works of Gwyn Thomas
In partnership with TOLD BY AN IDIOT
with THE RIVERFRONT

The great 1940s valleys comic storyteller Gwyn Thomas becomes a darkly hilarious twenty-first century comedian. Taking no prisoners and respecting no laws, other than the right to survive, he is one of Wales’ most distinctive voices of the last century.

About the production

In November 2010, National Theatre Wales brought the dark comedic style of Gwyn Thomas back to the stage.

In partnership with Told by an Idiot and with the support of The Riverfront Newport, a cast of eight actors celebrated on of Wales' most distinctive voices of the last century.

a vivid, visual, vital production
****

a clever and original production

a fluid, dreamlike, communal experience

[a] theatrical patchwork quilt
an impressive piece

Cast & Creative Team

Directed by
PAUL HUNTER

Written by
CARL GROSE & THE COMPANY

Designed by
ANGELA DAVIES

Lighting by
CERI JAMES

Music composed and directed by
IAIN JOHNSTONE

Cast
ALEX BECKETT
DAVID CHARLES
NIA DAVIES
RYAN HACKER
DANIEL HAWKSFORD
BETTRYS JONES
GLYN PRITCHARD
LAURA ROGERS

Gwyn Thomas, Fo a Fi

Llyfrgell fawr, a llyfrgell barchus A’i chatalogau arferol hi’n Rhai manwl, manwl a gofalus.

Ond cyfaill yno’n dangos imi Fod ‘Gwyn Thomas y rhondda’, Un nad oedd iaith gynhenid Gwalia Y peth nesa at ei galon, wedi atgyfodi A’i fod o, o gyfodi, wedi cyfansoddi Dau lyfr cymraeg yr oedd eu hagweddau sylfaenol Yn fflamgoch Gymreig ac yn genedlaethol.

I mi roedd hyn yn galonogol, A gobeithiwn, rywdro yn y dyfodol, Weld fy mod innau wedi ’nghatalogio Fel un ffraeth, tafodrydd, doniol, Ac yn awdur saesneg llon a gwefreiddiol.

Gwyn Thomas (Poet)
November 2010

Told by an Idiot

Founded in 1993, Told by an Idiot has established an international reputation for its startlingly original productions. The company produces work that is moving, comic and utterly theatrical and revels in a style of performance that is bigger than life. Using a wealth of imagery and a rich theatrical language they aim to tell stories that are accessible to all. Recent productions : The Fahrenheit Twins (co-produced with Drum Theatre Plymouth and commissioned by barbicanbite09 and unitytheatre), The Comedy of Errors (RSC), Beauty and the Beast (Lyric Hammersmith and Warwick Arts Centre) and Casanova, a collaboration with Carol Ann Duffy (co-produced with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Lyric Hammersmith).
toldbyanidiot.org