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National Theatre Wales
August 2011
At Edinburgh Festival

The Dark Philosophers Tour

Based on the works of Gwyn Thomas
A co-production with TOLD BY AN IDIOT

National Theatre Wales and Told by an Idiot present their critically-acclaimed celebration of Gwyn Thomas - one of the most distinctive Welsh voices of the last century, using Told by an Idiot’s trademark anarchic physicality and inventive storytelling, this adaptation brings out the bleak wild humour in tales laced with sex, murder and Thomas’ devastating valleys wit. Expect fist fights, murderous plots, raucous nights out and something lurking in the cabbage patch.

About the Production

In August 2011 National Theatre Wales and Told by an Idiot revived The Dark Philosophers, one of National Theatre Wales’ inaugural year shows, venturing outside of Wales for the very first time.

Inspired by the dark comedic style of Gwyn Thomas, this adaptation brought out the bleak, wild humour in tales laced with sex, murder and Thomas' devastating Valleys wit. Fist fights, murderous plots, raucous nights out, and something lurking in the cabbage patch, all strung together by the backdrop of Angela Davies' design.

The show won critical acclaim during the sell-out festival run.

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shines a light on a Welsh diamond
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as sharp and sparky an ensemble as you are likely to find anywhere

it’s a rollercoaster ride and an absolute scream
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this whole production by Told By An Idiot and National Theatre Wales is a triumph
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NTW have hit the ground running with this memorable debut
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Cast & Creative Team

Cast
DAVID CHARLES
NIA DAVIES
NIA GWYNNE
RYAN HACKER
DANIEL HAWKSFORD
BETTRYS JONES
MATTHEW OWEN
GLYN PRITCHARD

Adapted by
CARL GROSE

From the stories of
GWYN THOMAS

Directed by
PAUL HUNTER

Designed by
ANGELA DAVIES

Lighting designed by
CERI JAMES

Music composed and directed by
IAIN JOHNSTONE

The Dark Philosophers Tour