Gadael Tir or Leave Land is a show that tells the story of land rights and protest in Wales.
“The first step in resistance is a history lesson; not a lesson written for us, but one we write ourselves.” – Professor Simon Critchley, The New School
Gadael Tir is a show which follows the trials and tribulations of the common folk who strove to build the nation from the ground up. Gadael Tir tells their story through sing-along choruses of traditional songs; heart wrenching tales of desperation and perseverance; cross-dressing, axe wielding farmers; radical preachers, land workers and unions, all encompassed by a thousand years of history squeezed into one performance.
As well as drawing heavily on the folk arts of Wales, the show touches on many themes including politics, human rights, freedom of thought and expression, the right to protest and the history of British democracy.
“Two men singing spellbindingly beautiful harmonies together, dressing up as women, acting badly and banging sticks, while I learn a thousand years of Welsh history. I didn’t for one moment regret travelling from London to Abergavenny to see Gadael Tir.”
“Gwilym and Owen’s performance is both emotionally engaging and historically enlightening. They deftly weave comedy and tragedy together – as skillfully as the bards of ancient times, I imagine. It really feels like going on a journey – through time and back to the roots of the tensions between the aristocracy and the common people. This history needs to be told and is meant for all of us. I’ve seen it twice and I’d definitely see it again!”