Chris Urch mines tragic seam in Land Of Our Fathers

Taylor Jay-Davies and Patrick Brennan in  Land Of Our Father

Chris Urch’s critically acclaimed 2013 play Land Of Our Fathers transfers to the Trafalgar Studios, London between 3 September and 4 October.

Depicting the dramatic two weeks of a community of Welsh miners trapped down a collapsed coalmine, the production is directed by Theatre503’s artistic director Paul Robinson.

Returning to their acclaimed roles are theatre veteran Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient), Kyle Rees who stars forthcoming film Pride, Patrick Brennan (Accolade), Taylor Jay-Davies (Great Expectations) and Joshua Price (Tribe). Robert East (Henry IV Parts 1 & 2) joins the 2014 West End cast as Hovis.

May 3, 1979, South Wales. Thatcher is counting her votes, Sid Vicious is turning in his grave and six Welsh miners are trapped down a coalmine.

Over the span of two weeks everything these men believe in and everything they know will have changed.

Urch’s début play is packed full of blistering dark comedy and a generation of lost voices.

He first caught the eye of Theatre503 in 2011 with his Rapid Write Response to a mainhouse production, he then went on to become a member of the venue’s 18-month resident writers scheme.

The playwright is currently on attachment at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and the National Theatre Studio.

Land Of Our Fathers is a co-production by Theatre503 and Tara Finney Productions.

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