by Rachael Boulton
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 November 2018
“Settlers wanted for alternative living community in South America, all welcome to apply, unless you’re a prick.”
The world premiere
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ Buzz Magazine
★★★★ The Reviews Hub
★★★★ Close-Up Culture
★★★★★ Morning Star
★★★★ London Pub Theatre
★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls
★★★★ UK Theatre Web
The world premiere production of acclaimed new Welsh theatre company Motherlode in their London debut following a Welsh tour, Exodus is set in South Wales. On the eve of the last factory in town closing, four neighbours hatch a plan that is literally pie in the sky…
Mary, Ray, Mike and Timmy gather in an allotment, decide to build a plane, and take off down the high street. Past the butchers, past the curry house and above the Chapel in search of a life free from politics and the grind.
Blisteringly funny, this heart-warming new drama is accompanied by a live original score by David Grubb with choreography from Emma Vickery culminating in a new adventure that makes anything seem possible.
Motherlode’s last production, The Good Earth, created and directed by Rachael Boulton, told the story of a Valleys community torn apart by their council and big business and, following a successful tour of Wales, it transferred to the Flea Theatre in New York City for an acclaimed run.
Exodus will tour to twelve venues across Wales this October from Milford Haven in the west to Newport in the east and Mold in the North. Tickets are on sale now for performances at The Coliseum Aberdare (5 and 6 October), Theatr Clwyd (9 and 10 October), Llandinam Village Hall (11 October), Redhouse Cymru Merthyr Tydfil (12 October), Taliesin Swansea (13 October), Chapter Cardiff (17–20 October), Riverfront Newport (23 October), Gwynfe Village Hall (24 October), Torch Theatre Milford Haven (25 October), Blackwood Miners’ Institute (26 October), Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon (27 October) and Cwmavon Village Hall (30 October) prior to the Finborough Theatre run.
About the Playwright and Director Rachael Boulton
Writer and Director Rachael Boulton makes her London debut at the Finborough Theatre. From Newport, South Wales, Rachael is one of the youngest theatre makers to be shortlisted for Best Director and Best Company at the Wales Theatre Awards. Rachael founded Motherlode in 2014 to create relevant and accessible new theatre in underrepresented communities. Mainly working in the Rhondda Valley and City of Newport, Rachael’s work has been staged in New York, National Theatre Dorfman Stage (Connections 500), Wales Millennium Centre and across Wales. She is a National Theatre Wales Emerging Director, has assisted on two National Theatre Wales productions, worked as community director for National Theatre Wales and Associate Director at Out Of Joint. She is a Ferment Artist at Bristol Old Vic and is currently developing work for Theatr Clwyd. Rachael originally trained as an actor and theatre maker at Joan Littlewoods E15 Acting School and has produced all of Motherlode’s work to date.
The Press on Exodus
“It’s unlikely that a play exploring such diverse themes as unemployment, suicide, deprivation and Brexit will ever evoke as much as joy as this new work by writer/director Rachael Boulton.” Nicholas Davies, The Stage
“A terrific magic-realist comedy.” Nicholas Davies, The Stage
“A fun, physical adventure.” Nicholas Davies, The Stage
“The lyrical yet no-nonsense Valleys humour resonates.” Nicholas Davies, The Stage
“This excellent Motherlode production is much more than a farcical comedy.” Michael Kelligan, Theatre In Wales
“A very funny and warm-hearted piece that is also very relevant.” Michael Kelligan, Theatre In Wales “Effective in its simplicity.” Jafar Iqbal, Wales Arts Review
“We get a wonderful combination of hilarity, sadness and joy.” Michael Kelligan, Theatre-Wales
“It’s great fun to sit through and gives us food for thought as we leave.” Michael Kelligan, Theatre-Wales
“Comical, tragic, fury-filled and wistful.” Oliver R. Moore-Howells, Buzz Magazine
“Both funny and touching in turn, and animated by a spirit of defiance that is truly political.” Chiara Strazzulla, Arts Scene in Wales
“This semi-absurdist comedy is an interesting examination of responsibility, community and dreams of freedom that cannot fail to raise a smile.” Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub
“Fun and engaging.” Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub
“Exodus is full of hwyl (passion).” Lynne Walsh, Morning Star
“There is a spring in the step of this play.” Sîan Rowland, London Pub Theatres
“Quirky, funny and brimming with indomitable Welsh spirit.” Sîan Rowland, London Pub Theatres
“Exodus explores themes such as austerity, immigration, suicide and depression in a sensitive, thought-provoking way.” Emily K Neil, The Spy in the Stalls
“A seductive fantasy with a subtle, vicious bite of awareness.” Derek Benfield, UK Theatre Web
“This is a very real piece of writing… giving us some real moments of great laughter. It’s great fun to sit through and gives us food for thought as we leave.” Michael Kelligan, Theatre In Wales
“This is a very real piece of writing, sensitively played by an excellent cast giving us some real moments of great laughter.” Michael Kelligan, Theatre-Wales
“Rachel Boulton’s engaging script never fails to keep her viewers’ attention.” Oliver R. MooreHowells, Buzz Magazine
“Boulton’s skilful tightrope-walking script between humour and despair stops the show from tipping too far in either direction – unlike Raymond’s plane.” Oliver R. Moore-Howells, Buzz Magazine
“Very tight and effective writing on the part of playwright Rachael Boulton and a series of remarkable performances from its cast members.” Chiara Strazzulla, Arts Scene in Wales
“Boulton’s new play is sharp on the overwhelming relentlessness of modern life and the powerlessness of the individual to truly fight back.” Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub
“A likeable gang tightly played by the ensemble.” Nicholas Davies, The Stage
“A wonderful combination of hilarity, sadness and joy with the actors always moving seamlessly from one emotion to another.” Michael Kelligan, Theatre In Wales
“Sensitively played by an excellent cast.” Michael Kelligan, Theatre In Wales
“The character’s sense of hiraeth (Welsh for homesickness) for a distant land beckons with such melancholic limerence that the audience can’t help but be taken in by their naïve hopes of escape to a world beyond the rainbow.” Oliver R. Moore-Howells, Buzz Magazine
“All cast gave delightful performances, and the simplicity of the stage setting contributed to the sense of universality of the play.” Chiara Strazzulla, Arts Scene in Wales
“The cast exude an unstoppable energy.” Lynne Walsh, Morning Star
“Higginson, Pearce, Tobin and violin playing Bedda are a great team and work well together bringing out the fun and the pathos of the narrative with great clarity.” Michael Kelligan, TheatreWales
“Higginson is our anchor and delivers a magnificent performance.” Nicholas Davies, The Stage
“A quite delightful performance from Gwenllian Higginson.” Michael Kelligan, Theatre In Wales “Gwenllian Higginson brings warmth.” Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub
“Higginson does a fantastic job of engaging the audience throughout and is able to display a range of emotions extremely well.” Emily K Neil, The Spy in the Stalls
“Higginson has the deceptively difficult task of keeping the play grounded, and that gravitas allows Liam Tobin and Berwyn Pearce to give genuinely hilarious performances.” Jafar Iqbal, Wales Arts Review “Gwenllian Higginson is magnificent.” Jeff Prestridge, Close-Up Culture
“Bedda excels without ever saying a word.” Jafar Iqbal, Wales Arts Review
“Liam Tobin’s Ray is an optimistic and caring presence.” Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub
“Beautifully choreographed dance sequences are peppered throughout the piece.” Jafar Iqbal, Wales Arts Review
“An intriguing and well-staged piece.” Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub
“It is Emma Vickery’s choreographed movement sections that are most enjoyable.” Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub
“Movement director Emma Vickery has done a super job.” Jeff Prestridge, Close-Up Culture
“Technically, it’s magnificent, aided by some deft choreography from movement director Emma Vickery.” Lynne Walsh, Morning Star
“Rachael Boulton … directs with aplomb.” Jeff Prestridge, Close-Up Culture
“The humour is fabulous and writer and director Boulton switches pace between side-splitting comedy and heart-breaking with consummate ease.” Sîan Rowland, London Pub Theatres
“The transitions between the scenes … are seamless.” Emily K Neil, The Spy in the Stalls
“Movement, directed by Emma Vickery, is brilliantly executed.” Emily K Neil, The Spy in the Stalls
“David Grubb’s compositions provide just the right ambience for the piece.” Jafar Iqbal, Wales Arts Review
“Stunning composition from David Grubb.” Sîan Rowland, London Pub Theatres
“An enjoyable experience that will elicit some very serious thought and manage to genuinely surprise its audience, demonstrating a sensitivity on the part of writer, director and cast to the deeper issues of our time.” Chiara Strazzulla, Arts Scene in Wales
“David Grubb has composed a haunting violin score which delights.” Derek Benfield, UK Theatre Web
The Press on Motherlode's The Good Earth
"Wonderfully acted by the Welsh troop Motherlode" The New York Times
"Lovely Welsh import" The New Yorker
"An exquisitely constructed piece of theatre” Buzz Magazine
"A hilarious and thought-provoking piece that is not to be missed” Wales Online
"Explosive" Western Mail
"An embodiment of Valleys strength" Arts Scene Wales
"Joyous and heart-breaking" Reviews Hub
"Gives a voice to the voiceless" The Stage
Trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes The Four Men (The Conn Artists), Dead Hamlet (Sennsa Teatro), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Marvellous Pretenders) and The Tempest (Close Call Theatre).
Film includes The Dark Kingdom, Vespers and Doctor Strange.
Trained at Rose Bruford College.
Theatre includes Miss Julie (Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare), Macbeth and Dyled Eileen (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Blink (Critical Ambition and Volcano Theatre), The Good Earth (Motherlode), Constellation Street (The Other Room at Porter's, Cardiff), Hwyaden Fach Hyll and Ugly Duckling (Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Moon and Genie (Half Moon Theatre), Forever Young (The Young Vic), Girl of Circumstance (Dumbwise Theatre), Last Orders (Solomon Theatre) and England’s Dreaming (Unicorn Theatre).
Television includes Casualty and Pobol y Cwm.
Trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes Little Dogs (Frantic Assembly and National Theatre Wales), Tonypandemonium (National Theatre Wales), Deffro’r Gwanwyn and Pan Oedd y Byd Yn Fach (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera and Llangollen international Eisteddfod), Skyhawk (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Jack And The Dean Stalk (Cilfynydd RFC) and The Wanamaker Festival (Shakespeare’s Globe).
Television includes Pobol y Cwm and Lan a Lawr.
Theatre includes Benny (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh), Paint Your Wagon, A Clockwork Orange, The Big I Am, Fiddler on the Roof, Conquest of the South Pole, The Sum and Romeo and Juliet (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool), The Hobbit (Duke’s Playhouse, Lancaster), Hamlet (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Clybourne Park and When the Rain Stops Falling (Unity Theatre, Liverpool), A View From The Bridge (Liverpool Playhouse), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Brief Encounter, and Dead Funny (Torch Theatre, Milford Haven), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and She Stoops To Conquer (Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, and Mappa Mundi), Cider With Rosie and The Merchant of Venice (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), Gods Official (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Pygmalion (European Tour) and Slappers and Slapheads (Manchester Opera House and Liverpool Empire).
Film includes Al’s Lads.
Television includes Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The Royal, Heartbeat, The Cops, Seeing Red and The Second Coming.
Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes Alice’s Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles), The Good Earth (Motherlode), Fear of Drowning (Black Sheep Productions), Little Shop of Horrors (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), War Horse (National Theatre and National, Ireland and South Africa Tour), One Million (Greenwich Festival Finale), Llwyth (Sherman Theatre), Inflation (Tangled Feet Tour) and The Beach (National Theatre Wales).
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 November 2018
Tickets and Times
Approximately 80 minutes with no interval