The Wood: A tale of friendship, love and sacrifice set against the backdrop of a world in flames.


The writer of the award winning Grav has written a new play to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I. The Torch Theatre presents The Wood at the Borough Theatre Abergavenny on Tuesday 20 March at 7:30pm.

It is July 1916, and as the Battle of the Somme rages, Mametz Wood echoes to the sounds of war as the 38th Welsh Regiment face the ferocity of the German army.

Inspired by a true story. Dan and Billy, two young soldiers, forge a friendship in the heat of the build up to the infamous battle. When Billy is killed in Mametz Wood, he leaves behind a devastated friend and, back home, a heart-broken and pregnant wife.

Altered by his experiences on the Western Front, Dan returns home to step into his friend’s shoes, ultimately marrying Billy’s widow and raising their baby son as his own.

Fifty years later, in a clearing in the wood, Dan has returned to lay a ghost to rest. The Wood is a tale of friendship, love and sacrifice set against the backdrop of a world in flames.

Tickets are priced at £14 (concessions £12) Students £7 and are available from the theatre’s box office 01873 850805 and website

The Wood Workshop.
The Borough Theatre are calling young Actors!
The Education Department of the Torch Theatre are running a special workshop to celebrate the production of The Wood onSaturday 17 March at the Borough Theatre 10am – 12pm.

The workshop will explore the themes and scenarios from the play, and include drama games and acting exercises and techniques.

The Wood Workshop is aimed at young people aged 10 years and over and costs £7 including a ticket for the play on Tuesday 20 March.


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