NOW THE HERO

A POWERFUL MEMORIAL OF CONFLICT, PROTEST, PROSE & PERFORMANCE 

Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 September 6.30pm

100 years on…
Three soldiers land on a smoke-filled Swansea beach…
Three warriors from different ages:  WWl \ Celtic \ Contemporary.
Together they run towards refuge. As they sprint over the sand a peace protester bellows from a megaphone the opening lines of an ancient poem. The words resonate still. Tonight they will be sung…

Taliesin joins partners to present Now the Hero this September.

Now the Hero commemorates 100 years since World War I. It weaves three stories of war; the Celtic Warrior, a World War I soldier and that of the recently serving Swansea soldier, Captain David Williams. Three soldiers are joined by the protagonist, Peace Protester and a host of performers who will take you on an extraordinary journey.

Through performance, poetry, prose and music, this powerful memorial offers a moving reflection on war from past and present, and a prevailing message of peace. It culminates in an outdoor harvest supper which includes the indigenous vegetables and herbs depicted in the Brangwyn Panels.

At the heart of this promenade performance will be a beautiful requiemsung by the world famous choir, Polyphony, with a libretto written by Bafta Cymru winner and Swansea University’s Professor of Creativity, Owen Sheers. The requiem has been composed by Owen Morgan Roberts – realised from an original collaboration with the late, Oscar-nominated Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything, Arrival). For over a decade, renowned conductor, Stephen Layton’s Grammy award winning choir, have been performing sell-out concerts as one of the world’s leading choirs.

‘Stephen Layton’s choir have become renowned for both their sound and versatility – whether in early music, or contemporary works such as those of Eric Whitacre, they embody the remarkable tradition of British choral excellence at its finest.’ Gramophone Magazine

Now the Hero takes place Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 September, 6.30pm.

Book tickets priced £15, £12 concession today for Wales’s highlight of 14-18 NOW.

Bookings are through Swansea Grand Theatre, online or from their Box Office on 01792 47 57 15.