New Welsh Play EXODUS Comes To London
The world premiere production, following a Welsh tour, of acclaimed new Welsh theatre company Motherlode in their London debut, Exodus by Rachael Boulton plays at the Finborough Theatre for nine Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 4 November 2018 (Press Night: Monday, 5 November 2018 at 7.30pm).
Set in South Wales on the eve that the last factory in the town closes, four neighbours hatch a plan that is literally pie in the sky...
Mary, Ray, Mike and Timmy gather in an allotment, decide to build a plane, and take off down the high street. Past the butchers, past the curry house and above the Chapel in search of a life free from politics and the grind.
Blisteringly funny, this heart-warming new drama is accompanied by a live original score by David Grubb with choreography from Emma Vickery culminating in a new adventure that makes anything seem possible.
Motherlode's last production, The Good Earth, created and directed by Rachael Boulton, told the story of a Valleys community torn apart by their council and big business and, following a successful tour of Wales, it transferred to the Flea Theatre in New York City for an acclaimed run.
Exodus will tour to twelve venues across Wales this October from Milford Haven in the west to Newport in the east and Mold in the North. Tickets are on sale now for performances at The Coliseum Aberdare (5 and 6 October), Theatr Clwyd (9 and 10 October), Llandinam Village Hall (11 October), Redhouse Cymru Merthyr Tydfil (12 October), Taliesin Swansea (13 October), Chapter Cardiff (17-20 October), Riverfront Newport (23 October), Gwynfe Village Hall (24 October), Torch Theatre Milford Haven (25 October), Blackwood Miners' Institute (26 October), Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon (27 October), Cwmavon Village Hall (30 October), prior to the Finborough Theatre run.
Writer and Director Rachael Boulton makes her London debut at the Finborough Theatre. From Newport, South Wales, Rachael is one of the youngest theatre makers to be shortlisted for Best Director and Best Company at the Wales Theatre Awards. Rachael founded Motherlode in 2014 to create relevant and accessible new theatre in underrepresented communities. Mainly working in the Rhondda Valley and City of Newport, Rachael's work has been staged in New York, National Theatre Dorfman Stage (Connections 500), Wales Millennium Centre and across Wales. She is a National Theatre Wales Emerging Director, has assisted on two National Theatre Wales productions, worked as community director for National Theatre Wales and Associate Director at Out Of Joint. She is a Ferment Artist at Bristol Old Vic and is currently developing work for Theatr Clwyd. Rachael originally trained as an actor and theatre maker at Joan Littlewoods E15 Acting School, and has produced all of Motherlode's work to date.
Working in communities across Wales and the South West, Motherlode collaborates with an ensemble of actors, writers, musicians, creatives and choreographers to create vibrant, relevant new theatre that is inspired by real life stories. Run by artistic director Rachael Boulton with theatre maker Emma Vickery, Motherlode's first production The Good Earth successfully toured Wales and New York, between August and November 2016. Motherlode has also developed work with young companies, staging work at the National Theatre in 2016 and Wales Millennium Centre in 2017. Exodus will be the company's second production.