Released: Thursday 20th March 2014
HOUSE OF AMERICA BY ED THOMAS
'Where are our heroes? Our kings? One answer, mate, we haven't got any.'
"THRILLING STUFF" The Guardian
"STUNNING" Time Out
"A MASTER WORK" The Scotsman
"MADLY IMAGINATIVE" The Independent
Through the microcosm of one Welsh family, Ed Thomas explores the concept of Welshness, national pride and making your way in a land of absolutely no opportunity at all. In the destitute and empty Welsh valleys of the 80s, Sid, Boyo and Gwenny sing along to American rock music and imagine themselves roadtripping through America like in Sid's favourite book, the Beat Generation bible On the Road. Their mother is mad, haunted by the thought of the new Open Cast mine and Clem, her husband, who ran away to America after she accidentally drowned their cat in the washing machine.
House of America moves between dreamlike memory play, dark comedy and tragedy. The play is as relevant today as it was when it was first staged as part of the radical writing festival in Cardiff in 1989 and, in this reworking, will combine traditional Welsh music and rock & roll to produce an original score interwoven with the dialogue.
Jacob Lovick as BOYO
Jack Alexander as SID
Lily Blacksell as GWENNY
Mary Davies as MOTHER
CREATIVES & CREW:
Directed by Tamar Williams
Produced by Isabelle Taylor
Musical direction by Nick Charlesworth
Stage managed by Elisabeth Payne
MONDAY 24th MARCH 7.30pm
TUESDAY 25th MARCH 7.30pm
WEDNESDAY 26th MARCH 7.00pm **early showing
LOCATION: Dance Studio
Trailer filmed and edited by Alice Weleminsky-Smith