Motherlode Theatre is preparing to perform its debut production, The Good Earth, in New York later this month followed by an extensive tour at home in Wales.
A truly Welsh story about a community pitted against big business and its own local authority, The Good Earth is an explosive play inspired by real events.
In 1973, the villagers of Troedrhiwgwair in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, were ordered to leave their homes amid fears of a landslide. But the determined villagers defied the authorities, demanding proof of the danger with which they were threatened and sparking a battle that would be fought for a generation.
The story is told through physical theatre, Welsh folk song and new writing, bringing to life a valley community torn apart by their council, big business and eventually themselves.
The Good Earth is director Rachael Boulton, award-winning producer Sarah Jane Leigh and it was developed at the Wales Millennium Centre and during a residency at the Park and Dare theatre, Treorchy.
Almost one year on, the company of young, Welsh artists is preparing for a two-and- a-half- week run at New York’s Flea Theater this August/September, followed by a tour of eight venues across Wales in September and October.
Motherlode co-founder Rachael Boulton said: “The Good Earth first came about after I read an article about Troedrhiwgwair, and how one, small village in south Wales fought the authorities for the right to stay in their homes.
“This seed of inspiration led us to tell a fictionalised story of home, loss and identity, and to make a production that uses folk songs to express the feelings of a whole community.
The Good Earth is at The Flea Theatre, New York from Wednesday, August 17 until Saturday, September 3 and then at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Torch Theatre, Milford Haven; Pontardawe Arts Centre, Swansea; Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon and Stiwt Theatre, Wrexham as well as Blackwood Miners’ Institute and Borough Theatre, Abergavenny.
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