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National Theatre Wales

Mametz

Mametz was a large-scale, site-specific production performed in an ancient woodland near Usk, Monmouthshire. The production gave 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 drew 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 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.

For Mametz we spoke with assistant director Gethin Evans, production manager David Evans and actors Rhodri Meilir and Nicola Reynolds. 

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