Great Llancayo Upper Wood near Usk, Monmouthshire
This large-scale, site-specific production performed in an ancient woodland near Usk, Monmouthshire, gave audiences a vivid glimpse into life – and death – in the trenches and battlefields of the Somme.
Inspired by Owen’s poem Mametz Wood, it will draw on written material by the poets who fought in or witnessed one of the war’s bloodiest conflicts – the Battle of Mametz Wood, in which 4,000 of the the 38th (Welsh) Division were killed or wounded. Among the soldiers who took part were several key Welsh and English war poets, including Robert Graves, David Jones, Siegfried Sassoon and Llewelyn Wyn Griffith, and Sheers’ own great, great uncle, William Cross.
Mametz was co-commissioned by National Theatre Wales and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Guardian, Mametz review – A bloody battle on the Somme is evoked in a Welsh wood:
Wales Theatre Awards 2015: Mametz is shortlisted for Best Production (English), Best Design and/or Costume and Best Playwright for Owen Sheers.
Owen was one of seven writers nominated for the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize for authors aged 39 or under.