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Rhys Ifans stars as a shop owner whose impressionable life behind the counter can be felt in the wider world and the importance of remembering all events.
A semi-autobiographical story about the places we leave behind and the impact of living, On Bear Ridge is a heartfelt play sharing the indelible marks that society makes.
On Bear Ridge runs from 31 October 2019 until 23 November 2019 at the Royal Court Theatre, London.
“One minute we had customers, the next minute there was no-one.”
In a lost village, blurred by redrawn borders, hidden under a crumb on the map, Bear Ridge Stores still stands.
After a hundred years, the family butchers and grocers – a place for odds and ends, contraband goods, and the last petrol pump for 30 miles – is now silent.
But owners John Daniel and Noni are not leaving.
They are defiantly drinking the remaining whiskey and remembering good times, when everyone was on the same side and the old language shone.
Outside in the dark, a figure is making their way towards them.
Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) will play John Daniel alongside Rakie Ayola (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,West End; Holby City BBC) as Noni.
Ifans was recently on stage in Exit The King at the National and A Christmas Carol and King Lear, both at the Old Vic.
The cast also features Jason Hughes (The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, West End; This Life BBC; Death in Paradise BBC) and Sion Daniel (Nightfall, Bridge Theatre; War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (both West End).
Written by Ed Thomas (Hinterland/Y Gwyll BBC/S4C/Netflix) with co-direction by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Ed Thomas.
★★★★ “Absorbing, moving and intriguing.” The Sunday Times
★★★★★ “An excellent tragicomic play elevated further by Rhys Ifans and the ensemble.” The Stage