Fragments of Ash

Notional Theatre is touring this acclaimed play by Terry Victor with original music by Gareth Wyn Griffiths and movement by Kylie Ann Smith. From May 2nd to June 2nd 2012

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Comment by Terry Victor on May 8, 2012 at 7:40

Tomorrow in Aberystwyth it is going to rain. Why not get indoors at the Arts Centre where Fragments of Ash is guaranteed to take your mind off the weather. You can book here:   or call

01970 623232

See you in the bar after.

Comment by Terry Victor on May 6, 2012 at 8:46

Listen to Tracey and Rebecca on BBC Radio Gloucester:  - about 14 and a half minutes in.

Sam and I are chatting about Fragments to Katie Brown on Cardiff's Xpress Radio about 6 tomorrow evening.

Comment by Terry Victor on April 29, 2012 at 8:37

Come and see the magnetic Tracey Briggs and Rebecca Alexander as the military wives and mothers, with Sam Harding, Dick Bradnum and Janine Cooper-Marshall. Fragments of Ash opens at the Torch on Wednesday. Next stop The Melville in Abergavenny on Friday. All over Wales and beyond for the rest of the month. 

Comment by Charlie Elliott on July 27, 2011 at 11:40

Very well done to all cast and crew on tonight's performance- break a leg in Edinburgh!

Anyone who can get to Edinburgh to see any of the performances there definitely should.

Best of luck to you.

Comment by Judith Haley on July 22, 2011 at 6:13
Well done Fragments of Ash, great news. Very best of luck with all the performances.
Comment by Terry Victor on July 21, 2011 at 8:06

Congratulations to Shock n Awe.  I’m looking forward to seeing the compressed Muscle being flexed in Edinburgh.

Now, to ramp up the excitement, let me tell you where Notional Theatre is at.

I’ve just got in from rehearsals for Fragments of Ash which is on at the Bute Theatre next Tuesday and Wednesday (26th & 27th) at 9pm as part of the Cardiff Festival Fringe. Those two performances are sneak-previews for a 3 week run on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: August 5th to 27th at Venue 13.

Fragments of Ash has evolved from the work-in-progress performance in Monmouth earlier this year: ‘...the excellence and the beauty of the piece is very strong.’ (Michael Kelligan, Theatre Wales). ‘ absolutely brilliant new play’ (Chris Ryde, Savoy Theatre). Now the play is revealing itself in surprising detail.

If you are off to Edinburgh this year we hope to see you up there. If not we’d be proud to have you in the audience next week.

Fragments of Ash work was developed with a small project grant from the ACW. For Edinburgh, Notional Theatre has a co-production partnership with Murder on the Menu. And now, with guidance from Nick Davies, the ACW have awarded us £28,000, one of the biggest grants of the past few years. We are planning two tours – Autumn 2011 and Spring 2012 - in association with Hijinx Theatre.  

For the creative team, writer/director (me), composer/musical director Gareth Wyn Griffiths and choreographer Kylie Ann Smith, the funding is a huge vote of confidence. Our cast is truly remarkable: Jordan Bernarde, Clêr Stephens, Robert Harper, Lisa Zahra, Janine Cooper-Marshall and the voice over of BBC Wales’ Jamie Owen.

To get to this point many many people have held our hands in ways practical, financial and emotional: they are all named in the show’s (free) programme.

 Fragments of Ash is a political drama about mothers and war that blends physical and narrative theatre to a stunning original score. Do come and see it if you possibly can.

Comment by Terry Victor on May 5, 2011 at 5:31

Hi All
the fundraising has begun. Please share this link with everyone you know who you think might know someone who knows someone who knows someone who might have a few bob to spend on the arts. The rewards are more than aesthetic!

Thanks, Terry

Comment by Terry Victor on March 6, 2011 at 7:22
I thought you might like to see a couple of reviews that  have popped up (unexpectedly, but no less welcome for that)
Theatre-Wales (06/03/11):

Fragments of Ash

Notional Theatre Company , Savoy Theatre Monmouth , March 5, 2011

In a small, a traditionally county town in south east Wales, close to the border with England you will discover one of Wales’ best kept theatre secrets. For a while now this beautiful nineteenth century theatre has been given a new lease of life and has become a thriving cinema and live theatre and is a very popular asset to the town. Inside the building, sitting in its warm scarlet and gilt auditorium I was able to make another equally welcome discovery.

Listening to the news reader announcing ‘A soldier from the Welsh Regiment or the Scots Guards or or… has been reported killed in Afghanistan today, the next of kin have been informed.’
Seeing the coffins of the returning heroes being driven slowly through the streets of Wootton Bassett.
These sensations on our television screens anger and frustrate many of us, creating a feeling of helplessness inside. Whilst these ills at present show no sign of diminishing, Terry Victor’s play ‘Fragments of Ash’, an emerging high quality piece of theatre art previewed on the Savoy stage goes some way to address these emotions. Even though the play is in early stages of development the excellence and the beauty of the piece is very strong.
Though Clêr Stephens, in the central role gives a deeply moving perfectly pitched ‘Oscar’ winning performance, it is very much an ensemble piece with everyone both on stage and off are all deeply committed to the work. The author who also directs the production has brought together a great team with music subtly accentuating the story composed by Gareth Wyn Griffiths and choreography Kylie Ann Smith introducing movement that both contrasts and coalesces with the emotion. Lisa Zahra paints a touch of calm mystery in her role as the veiled Rashida.

The two men, soldier father and son are given excellent performances by Jordan Bernade and Robert Harper, both slipping with ease from sensitivity to ‘blokeishness’ as the narrative demands. They also handle some complex dance movements very well indeed. The completely white-clothed Judith Haley as the hostage again adds that air of mystery and beauty that is at the heart of this, at times delicate and at other times amazingly robust, non-didactic observation of human frailty.

The production is now seeking further bookings from venues. These performers would bring exciting theatre art to any stage.

Reviewed by: Michael Kelligan


The Savoy facebooked:

The Savoy Theatre is extremely proud to have staged the world premiere of an absolutely brilliant new play earlier today. Fragments of Ash was electrifying. There is no other word for it. A credit to the writer/director, the cast , the creative team and the stage crew. We were priveleged to be chosen to host the first performance. Thank you to the whole of the Notional Theatre Co.


Comment by Terry Victor on February 27, 2011 at 6:58
Rehearsal pix are on Facebook: Notional Theatre.
Comment by Terry Victor on February 13, 2011 at 21:53

OK, now it's all in place. The single preview performance is at 3pm on the 3rd of March, The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth. 

On paper this play can make people cry. Please spread the word. Ogoing, the plan is to tour and spend some time in Edinburgh but that is a way off yet. Meanwhile we need an audience.


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