January - March Season 2013


by Gwenlyn Parry

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 February 2013

The English premiere of Gwenlyn Parry's modern Welsh-language classic performed in the original Welsh

Additional late night Monday performance added by popular demand on MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY AT 9.15PM.

★★★★☆ The Public Reviews
★★★★☆ Everything Theatre
★★★★☆ The Arts Desk
★★★★☆ Snipe London

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“Pam na cha’ i lonydd gynnoch chi? Wnes i ddim byd i haeddu cael fy nhrin fel hyn.”
“Why won’t you leave me alone? I’ve done nothing to deserve being treated like this.”

Doll mender Ifans is peacefully at work in his wood workshop in rural Wales. Until suddenly his entire life is ripped apart by the unannounced intrusion of two strangers, a Girl and a Lad. As they torment him with their own secret agenda and mind games, Ifans loses his grip on his reality, leaving him adrift in a world which is changed too quickly. As the two strangers play one final deadly game, and he is left deserted by everyone, Ifans is left questioning the purpose of his entire existence...
This Welsh-language classic from 1966 is a fascinating study of our obsession with modernisation, the role of women in society and racial prejudice, while also asking searching questions about our conscience and existence itself.

Saer Doliau is performed in Welsh with English subtitles.


Gwenlyn Parry (1932-1991) was one of the most prominent figures of twentieth-century Welsh-language literature. He wrote several key Welsh plays including Y Tŵr, Saer Doliau, Tŷ ar y Tywod, Panto and Sal. Described by Saunders Lewis as a 'dramatic poet' and 'master of extended images and a poet of pictures', Parry became a favourite with Welsh audiences for his unsettling style, fearless characterisation and black humour. His television work included helping to establish the scripts department of BBC Wales, while his plays – inspired by Ionesco and Brecht – heralded a new exciting era in Welsh theatre writing.


Aled Pedrick received the prestigious Bryn Terfel scholarship and trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has been an acting coach at the Saturday Acting Academy and Belfast’s Music Theatre 4 Youth, and has co-directed with Tom Daley and Richard Twyman.  He was Assistant Director to Polly Teale on Shared Experience’s production of Speechless. His acting experience includes Teulu (S4C), The Pride (English Theatre Company), Spring Awakening (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), The Sanger (Sherman Cymru), The Nutcracker (Theatre Royal Bath), Attempts On Her Life (Sherman Cymru), Doctor Who (BBC), Gari Tryfan’(S4C), Lewis (ITV) and Aki Nabalu (Astro, Malaysia). 


Invertigo Theatre Company, co-founded by four recent graduates of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is a new production company devoted to representing the lesser-known on the British stage. Winners of the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises 2012, Saer Doliau is just one in a year long season of ambitious productions. The Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises scheme was set up in 1993 to offer practical and financial support to artists, craftspeople, designers and performers to start a business or carry out a project in that crucial year after leaving college. www.invertigotheatre.co.uk 



Catherine Ayers
Trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes Beauty and the Beast (Sherman Cymru), Attempts on her Life (Sherman Cymru), The Sale (Made in Wales) and Guys and Dolls (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama).
Film includes Beryl, Cheryl and Meryl.
Television includes Pobl y Cwm, High Hopes, Teulu, Darn o Dir, Cowbois ac Injans, SOS Galw Gari Tryfan and Gari Tryfan a’r Drych i’r Gorffennol.
Voice Over includes Sabrina the Witch and Igam Ogam.

Steffan Donnelly
Trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes Romeo and Juliet (Pendley Shakespeare Festival), Play Development Workshop (Royal Shakespeare Company), I am Not Manuel (Teatre Lliure, Barcelona), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Part One (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Century/Canrif (National Youth Theatre Wales).
Film includes Casanoira and BAFTA-Award nominated Love You, Joseff Hughes.
Writing includes No Other Day Like Today (National Youth Theatre Wales), Freefall (Invertigo Theatre Company at the Barbican Centre), Intelligent Conversation (Royal Court’s Young Writers Festival 2012), as well as several self-produced short films, screened at Electric December in Watershed Bristol, Portobello Film Festival, Jugendmedienfestival Berlin).

Seiriol Tomos
Trained at LAMDA.
Theatre includes Y Storm/The Tempest (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) and Cariad Mr Bustl/The Misanthrope (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru).
Film includes Woman of the Wolf and Elenya.
Television includes EastEnders, A Mind to Kill, Mulberry, Pobl y Cwm, and Iechyd Da.
Voiceovers include Sabrina the Witch and Traed Moch.



"I'm delighted to hear about Invertigo's production, which is a first in London by this exciting new company. Having sung in various European languages in opera, it's refreshing to see that Invertigo is broadening the cultural range open to British audiences. Invertigo are innovative, and I look forward to following their progress in the years ahead."
Bryn Terfel, World-famous Bass-Baritone

"Good luck with the preparations and wishing you every success in the future"
Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales

"I'm struck by Invertigo's infectious passion for the European repertoire and cannot wait for their inaugural production of a classic from the Welsh canon."
Daniel Evans, Olivier-Award Winning Actor and Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres

"This incredible play as did this incredible playwright had an enormous influence on me. Wishing the Invertigo company all the success that they and this amazing piece deserve."
Mathew Rhys, Hollywood actor


★★★★☆ The Public Reviews
★★★★☆ Everything Theatre
★★★★☆ The Arts Desk
★★★★☆ Snipe London

“Tightly constructed, well performed, and thoroughly satisfying” Mike Pollitt, Snipe London

“It is often on the fringes that boundaries are pushed the most and West London’s Finborough continues to do just that by hosting the English premiere of Gwenlyn Parry’s Welsh play Saer Doliau” Ian Foster, The Public Reviews

“Tradition, faith and superstition, the march of progress and the sexual revolution are inspected through a woozy, distorting prism.” Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk

“Its abstract, almost existentialist nature ensures it possesses a timeless quality.” Ian Foster, The Public Reviews

“A deeply satisfying 75 minutes” Philip Fisher, Western Mail

“One gets swept up in the strange melodiousness of what is really quite a foreign language, yet still coming away with a clear sense of the emotional intent and dramatic thrust.” Ian Foster, The Public Reviews

“Inscrutable yet funny, strange and dark, one hopes that Saer Doliau isn’t the only chance that Londoners get to take in this or any other Welsh drama as it demonstrates just how expressive theatre can be in any language.” Ian Foster, The Public Reviews

“A witty mixture of black comedy, parable and a Roald Dahl-style tale of the unexpected.” Philip Fisher, Western Mail

“Saer Doliau is no museum piece. In just over an hour, Parry succinctly and charmingly introduced the Theatre of the Absurd to the Welsh language, and all these years on it still has punch.” Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk

“The production is surtitled (if not every line), so Gwenlyn Parry’s teasing marriage of an ancient language and a modernist sensibility is a treat for more than the London Welsh Diaspora. Do give it a go.” Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk

“Tomos neatly embodies a cap-doffing, authority-fearing kind of Welshness” Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk

“The cast is of an extremely high standard, and all three are uniformly excellent. Seirol Tomos’s portrayal of haunted doll-mender Ifans is deeply troubled and agitated, lending a nail-biting intensity to the proceedings.” Matthew Iliffe, Bargain Theatreland

“Ayers slinks about with a hyper-realised sensuality” Ian Foster, The Public Reviews

“Catherine Ayers as Merch, the sinister and devious auditor, more than holds her own against her male counter-parts. As the villainous, sexy, blonde-bombshell who waltzes into Ifans’ life Ayers excels, managing to be both seductive yet wicked.” Matthew Iliffe, Bargain Theatreland

“Ayers is all feistiness and legs, while Donnelly (an Invertigo co-founder) plays the youth with gangly, grinning intensity.” Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk

“Steffan Donnelly, Co-Artistic Director of the company, is full of electric energy, teen angst and rebellion.” Matthew Iliffe, Bargain Theatreland

“Directed in lively fashion by Aled Pedrick” Philip Fisher, Western Mail

“Aled Pedrick's atmospheric production” Nick730, Partially Obstructed View

“Last weekend it was the 50th anniversary of an important event in postwar Welsh history. In early February 1963 the Welsh Language Society – Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg – protested for the first time about the right of Welsh speakers to live their lives in Welsh.” Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk

“A unique opportunity to take in a vibrant expression of Welsh linguistic and cultural history in a season which has already covered the sad decline of another British minority language, Scots Gaelic.” Ian Foster, The Public Reviews

“Though it’s the oldest living language in this isles, for reasons which won’t need rehearsing you don’t find a lot of Welsh performed in England. So it is an event worth noting when a Welsh-language play crops up in a London theatre.” Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk


Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 February 2013

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm

Performed in Welsh with English surtitles

Tickets £14, £10 concessions


Performance Length: Approximately 70 minutes with no interval.

Directed by Aled Pedrick 

Designed by Alex Marker

Costume Design by Joel Tulley

Sound Design and Original Composition by Tom Recknell

Presented by Sion Alun Davies and Louise Best for Invertigo Theatre Company
in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre