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1918-2018
100 YEARS ON
5 NIGHTS OF EPIC THEATRE

SWANSEA

25-29 | 09 | 2018

September

Three soldiers land on a smoke-filled Swansea beach

Three warriors from different ages:
WWl \ Celtic \ Contemporary
Together they run towards refuge

As they sprint over the sand a peace protester bellows from a megaphone the opening lines of an ancient poem

The words resonate still
Tonight they will be sung...

5 nights of epic theatre and an immersive experience that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey, starting on Swansea Bay and leading to the Brangwyn Hall.

Marc Rees’s bold production through three interweaving stories of war are brought to life with a counterpoint of peace and hope. He takes his inspiration from an epic poem, an intimate portrait of a serving Swansea soldier and the British Empire Panels.

At the heart of each performance is a Requiem with a libretto by BAFTA-winning writer Owen Sheers and sung by Polyphony, Stephen Layton’s world famous choir. The music is composed by Owen Morgan Roberts, realised from an original collaboration with the late, Oscar-nominated Jóhann Jóhannsson.

This event is a major part of the final year’s programme for 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts commission for the First World War centenary - and is also the headline piece for the 2018 Swansea International Festival.

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PERFORMANCE

5 nights of epic theatre in a multi-artform, site-specific project created by Swansea born interdisciplinary artist Marc Rees for 14-18-NOW. This bold and exciting commemoration of WWI will take place in and around the Brangwyn Hall and Swansea Bay.

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NOW FOR
MORE

Now For More is a series of FREE weekend events exploring the impact of war and conflict on human relationships. Special events, exhibitions, artists’ talks, family activities and trails, public art, workshops and performances are all on offer.

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