Gary Owen's Blackthorn at Clwyd Theatr Cymru

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Clwyd Theatr Cymru are currently staging a production of a new play by one of Wales' foremost playwrights, Gary Owen.

Blackthorn, Owen's first play for the Mold-based theatre company, tells the story of Kate and Tom who together with their daughter Evie have retreated from the London rat race to Wales, having bought a farmhouse from local farmer Huw.

The play, directed by Terry Hands, focuses on the clash between the newcomers and their expectations, and also the way of life a Welsh farmer holds dear.

Philip Bretherton as Tom and Ifan Huw Dafydd as Huw in Blackthorn. Photo: Nobby Clark

Philip Bretherton plays Tom, who is perhaps most well known for his appearances in BBC sitcom As Time Goes By as Alistair Deacon, and also in Footballers Wives' and Coronation Street. Viven Parry, who portrays Tom's wife Kate, has recently starred in BBC Cymru Wales drama Crash, and was last in Mold playing Anne Hathaway in the stage production Shakespeare's Will.

Other cast members include Amy Morgan, who plays Evie, Bafta Cymru award-winner Ifan Huw Dafydd playing the farmer Huw, and Rhys Wadley playing his son Cian.

Amy Morgan (Evie) and Vivien Parry (Kate). Photo: Nobby Clark

Owen has recently been collarated with National Theatre Wales during their inaugural year of productions. His play Love Steals Us From Loneliness followed a group of Bridgend teenagers as they drank together, explored their sexual identity and contemplated their futures.

Blackthorn runs until Saturday 20 November. For more information on this and other productions, visit the Clwyd Theatr Cymru website.

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