The great 1940s Valleys storyteller Gwyn Thomas becomes a dark hilarious, twenty-first century comedian, taking no prisoners and respecting no laws other than man's right to survive. Told by an Idiot is working with National Theatre Wales to celebrate one of Wales' most distinctive voices of the last century with a brand new dramatisation of The Dark Philosophers.
The youngest of twelve children, Gwyn Thomas (1913-1981) was born and brought up in Cymmer, in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. Growing up in poverty, he won a scholarship to Oxford University, and returned to Wales to teach. The Dark Philosophers - a collection of short stories - was published in 1946, while his novelsinclude The Alone (1947); All Things Betray Thee (1949); The World Cannot Hear You (1951), and Now Lead Us Home (1952). His play The Keep opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 1961, to great acclaim.
"As if Thomas Hardy met Damon Runyon over a loving cup of small beer." New York Herald Tribune, 1974.
"Every so often a writer from another age leaps into the present with an armful of gifts for us. Gwyn Thomas is one of those writers." John McGrath, Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales
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