A semi-autobiographical story, On Bear Ridge is about the places we leave behind, the indelible marks they make on us, and the unreliable memories we hold onto.
Starring Rhys Ifans (Alice Through the Looking Glass, Notting Hill) in one of the lead roles, it’s the story of two men who refuse to leave an empty town.
“One minute we had customers, the next minute there was no-one.”
In a lost village, blurred by redrawn borders, hidden under a crumb on the map, Bear Ridge Stores still stands. After a hundred years, the family butchers and grocers, a place for odds and ends, contraband goods, and the last petrol pump for 30 miles, is now silent. But owners John Daniel and Noni are not leaving.
They are defiantly drinking the remaining whiskey and remembering good times, when everyone was on the same side and the old language shone.
But outside in the dark, a figure is making their way towards them.
The cast also features Rakie Ayola (Harry Potter & the Cursed Child), Jason Hughes (ITV’s Marcella) and Sion Daniel Young (The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-Time).
A National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre production, the show is written by, Ed Thomas an award-winning writer for screen and theatre. He also co-created the television drama Hinterland and his previous plays include House Of America and Gas Station Angel, which premiered at the Royal Court. Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Ed Thomas will co-direct On Bear Ridge.