Motherlode Theatre Company

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THE GOOD EARTH  | Open: 08/17/16 Close: 09/03/16
Inspired by true events, The Good Earth is the explosive new story of a Welsh village fighting to save their homes and mountain unravelled through physical theatre akin to the Welsh-trained Frantic Assembly, new writing and Welsh folk song, bringing to life a valley torn apart by their council, big business and eventually themselves.


Facing pressure from the local council to move when a new development is proposed, a small group of ardent Welsh villagers decide to fight back. This explosive new play provides cultural context to the anti-establishment sentiment of rural Wales that has partly led to the recent "Brexit" vote.

The piece was developed in residency in the Rhondda Valley, Wales, working with one of the few still standing ex-mining theatres of the 1800’s to tell the story of a family, who against all odds, fought for what they believed in.


The play is bilingual with all songs sung in Welsh. The songs were first recorded in New York in 1965 by Welsh language activist Dr. Meredydd Evans.


Featuring Rachael Boulton, Anni Dafydd, Kate Elis, Gwenllian Higginson (Forever Young - Young Vic Theatre, London; England’s Dreaming - Unicorn Theatre, London) and Michael Humphrey (War Horse - World Tour).


The production is musical directed by Max Mackintosh and features scenic/costume design by Buddug James Jones, lighting design by Katy Morrison, and graphic design and illustration by Tom Flannery. Jason Rost is the New York Associate Producer and Matt Davies is the general manager.