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National Theatre Wales
August 2010
In the Brecon Beacons

The Persians

By
AESCHYLUS

In a new version by
KAITE O’REILLY

Directed by
MIKE PEARSON

Conceptual design by
MIKE BROOKES

Designed by
SIMON BANHAM

Music by
JOHN HARDY

About the Production

In August 2010, National Theatre Wales took one of Europe’s first recorded plays to the heart of the Brecon Beacons. In a collaboration between director Mike Pearson and artist Mike Brookes, and with a new version of the text from writer Kaite O'Reilly, National Theatre Wales' sixth production brought greek tragedy onto the modern day stage.

Set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, The Persians took audiences onto a mock German village rarely seen by the public.
The Ministry of Defence allowed us access to a unique part of their facility, of which the German village was its centre point. Audiences were thrust into the elements to experience a once in a lifetime, multimedia retelling of a lost battle and its aftermath.

Production sponsors:
Windpower Wales
Brecon Carreg

Cast & Creative Team

By AESCHYLUS
In a new version by KAITE O’REILLY

Directed by MIKE PEARSON
Conceptual design by MIKE BROOKES
Designed by SIMON BANHAM
Music by JOHN HARDY

Cast ROSA CASADO, RICHARD LYNCH, RICHARD HUW MORGAN, JOHN ROWLEY, RHYS RUSBATCH, SIAN THOMAS, GERALD TYLER, featuring RICHARD HARRINGTON and PAUL RHYS

one of the most unforgettable pieces of theatre you will ever see
there’s not a weak link in this cast
this is another hit for National Theatre Wales

some of the most powerful and evocative performances that have ever graced a Welsh stage
a production that is both minimalist and massive in its scope and marvellous in its realisation

[a] superb production
the combination of the story and the setting... is overwhelming
****

extraordinary, one of the most imaginative, powerful and haunting theatrical events of the year
This is great theatre - and a thrilling mystery tour for its audience
*****

Defence Estates and the MoD

The Defence Estates (DE) manage the military estate, including accommodation for Service personnel and their families, on behalf of the MOD.
National Theatre Wales would like to acknowledge the support of the MoD and Defence Estates during the production of The Persians.