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24 May 2022


60 minutes
We are excited to be touring ‘West’ again before it returns to America at the Hollywood Festival in LA. 

Written by Owen Thomas, the award-winning writer of ‘Grav’, ‘Carwyn’ and ‘The Wood’. It stars Gareth John Bale and Gwenllian Higginson, the play explores the lives of two Welsh people who fall in love and decide to leave Wales in order to build a new life in the New World. It details the hardships and adventures they faced, focusing primarily on the theme of immigration. The play is written in a lyrical, poetic style and presented using minimal set and a physicalised performance style. It is directed by Gareth John Bale, the Welsh actor and director whose credits include ‘Grav’ and ‘Nye and Jennie’ and Gwenllian Higginson, best known to Welsh theatre audiences for ‘Gwlad yr Asyn’, ‘Miss Julie’ and ‘Merched Caerdydd’. 

‘West’ was commissioned by the North American Festival of Wales and received its first public performance in the Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday 30th August 2019. 

 ‘This was a profoundly moving and evocative presentation which spoke to the global experience of emigrants everywhere. In Owen Thomas and Gareth John Bale we have witnessed the interplay of two huge Welsh born talents, ably supported by a fresh-faced newcomer to us - Gwenllian Higginson. We feel privileged to have had a part in helping them launch this latest production to a most appreciative audience and wish them much success in introducing it to venues in Wales and world-wide’. Y NINNAU 

‘Wow!! This evening at Pontardawe Arts Centre we witnessed a very important piece of welsh literacy. If you get a chance to see “West” by Owen Thomas performed by Gareth Bale and Gwenllian Higginson, you will understand. This beautiful play will make you laugh/cry in equal measure.’ Michelle McTernan 

‘The premiere of “West” was at last year’s North American Festival of Wales (2019), where it brought me and many others to tears. Just superb. I can’t recommend it enough.’ Diane Owen


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Key Information

60 minutes
24 May 2022
Standard: £15.40, Concession: £14.30
Production Company
Thomas & Bale