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Land of our Fathers receives two Off West End Award nominations

Land of our Fathers

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LAND of our Fathers, the acclaimed debut play by Chris Urch, a new writer supported by Theatre503 and championed by playwright Howard Brenton, has received two nominations from the Off West End Awards – for Best Production and Best New Play.

Previously Posted: Casting has been announced for Chris Urch’s Land of our Fathers, which runs at Theatre503 from September 18 to October 12, 2013.

The line up comprises theatre veteran Clive Merrison (The History Boys) as Bomber, Taylor Jay-Davies (fresh from the West End production of Great Expectations) as Dai, Patrick Brennan as Chopper, Joshua Price as Mostyn, Paul Prescott as Hovis and Kyle Rees as Curly.

Previously Posted: Theatre503, Euan Borland Productions and Tara Finney Productions are presenting the debut full-length play by resident writer Chris Urch, Land of our Fathers, which runs at the Battersea venue from September 18 to October 12, 2013.

Set during Thatcher’s Britain and directed by Artistic Director Paul Robinson, this darkly comic drama looks at the dramatic two weeks of a group of Welsh miners who are trapped underground in a collapsed coal mine.

It’s May 3, 1979, Thatcher is counting her votes, Sid Vicious is turning in his grave and, in South Wales, six miners are trapped down a coalmine. Over the span of two weeks everything these men believe in and everything they know will have changed.

According to press material, Chris Urch’s debut play is packed full of blistering dark comedy and a generation of lost voices.

Earlier this year, Urch’s play, Vote of No Confidence, was the first to be hand-picked by Howard Brenton to launch The Playwright Presents, a new initiative in which established writers’ help launch the career of a promising new writer.

Speaking about Urch’s work Howard Brenton said:

“I think Chris is a brilliant talent. The playwright he most reminds me of? I don’t think this is an exaggeration: I think he could become the British Tennessee Williams. Given the good breaks, I’m convinced he’s capable of writing a great body of work. Hold on to your seats, audiences, this is the real thing!”

Chris Urch first caught caught the eye of Theatre503 in 2011 with his Rapid Write Response to a mainhouse production. He subsequently went on to become a member of the venue’s 18-month resident writers scheme – The 503Five. In 2012, he graduated from the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court Theatre. His other credits include short plays TRAPP (Old Vic 24 Hour Plays), Skanky (Miniaturists, Arcola Theatre) and You Get Me? (Bush Theatre).

Paul Robinson is Artistic Director Theatre503, the 60 seat new-writing venue in Battersea, which has built a strong reputation for staging plays by first time writers. Theatre503 is the smallest venue in the UK to receive an Olivier Award and has launched the careers of playwrights such as Dennis Kelly and Katori Hall.

Land of our Fathers is designed by Signe Beckmann, with lighting by Hartley T A Kemp and sound and musical composition by Simon Slater. Casting has yet to be announced.

Tickets: £15, £10 concessions, pay what you can on Sundays – available from the box office on 020 7978 7040 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Sundays at 5pm.