Taliesin Live - The Wizard, the Goat and the Man who Won the War
Theatr Cadair presents
The Wizard, the Goat and the Man who won the War
Written and Directed by D.J. Britton (Award-winning dramatist, director and dramaturge)
Performed by Richard Elfyn (Winner BAFTA CYMRU BEST ACTOR AWARD 1996)
Acclaimed Lloyd George play returns to Taliesin for a unique show to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The play begins in the South of France, on Lloyd George’s 50th wedding anniversary. He looks back over his life and tries to defend everything he has done, while still looking forward to more political and amorous adventures.
To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, D.J. Britton and Richard Elfyn’s much acclaimed powerful portrayal of the great Welsh statesman Lloyd George, is back, fiercer and funnier than ever. How could a Welsh-speaking chapel boy become the steely statesman who saw Britain through the Great War? How could the champion of nonconformist Christianity become a womaniser living a double life? How could this protector of the poor risk so much in the pursuit of wealth?
With mystery, charm, poetry and much humour, this speculative drama follows Lloyd George’s imagination through his imperfect past into dreams of further conquests.
“Lloyd George is a dramatist’s dream, a mass of contradictions: charismatic, intelligent, foolish, impulsive, clinically decisive and painfully human. I wrote this progressively, giving Richard a few pages at a time, and he grew to possess the role as much as it possessed him." - D.J. Britton
“Charismatic, with long-haired good looks, Lloyd George had all the trappings of stardom. If ever there was a rock star of politics, it was him." - Richard Elfyn
‘The most stunning evening of theatre I can remember in ages. A remarkable text and a superlative performance. Rarely does one see acting of that flawless quality.’ - AUDIENCE MEMBER
“Richly entertaining” - Sally Baker, Director, National Writers’ Centre
“Absolutely spell-binding: beautifully conceived… superbly acted” - Professor Neil Reeve, Swansea University
Running time approx.: 1 hour (no interval)
Friday 26 October 7.30pm
Prices and Times:
Fri 26th Oct
|Full price:||£ 12|
|Under 18's:||£ 10|
|Full time students:||£ 10|
|Other Conc.:||£ 10|
More detailed information about David Lloyd George can be found at:
D.J. Britton has won international awards with major stage hits such as Plainsong and Cargo. His version of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure for Sherman Cymru last year received rave reviews, and he was dramaturge on the ambitious Shelf Life project in the National Theatre Wales premiere season. Having moved to Wales from Australia, he is now Senior Lecturer in Dramatic Writing at Swansea University.
Richard Elfyn is one of Wales’ best-loved performers with credits ranging from TV productions such as The History of Mr Polly and major stage productions including Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s recent To Kill A Mockingbird to movies like The Dark. Born in Bangor and brought up in Pwllheli, he now lives near Cardiff.