Inis Nua Theatre continues its 17th season with the American premiere of How to Be Brave by Welsh playwright Siân Owen. Set in Newport, Wales, How to Be Brave is a heartwarming story of motherhood and finding joy even in the most challenging moments. The production stars Alice Yorke, Philadelphia Magazine’s 2019 Best Theatre Talent in Philadelphia, and is directed by Barrymore-nominated director and Inis Nua’s founding artistic director Tom Reing.
Reing says, “I saw How to Be Brave at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019 and thought it was very funny. The play has a positive message about the strength we find in ourselves when times are tough, and that feels especially important today for our audience.”
Wales Arts Review said, “Siân Owen has produced an engaging, fierce and, yes, brave play that puts women and working-class voices front and centre, and she has done it with a funny narrative that theatrically is a joy to watch.”
How to Be Brave will be filmed in a COVID-safe manner and available for audiences to view at home. The production will explore where film and theater meet by having a fully green-screened design featuring interpretations of the real-life locations in Newport.
The theatrical production will be recorded in advance and available for on-demand virtual viewing only April 14-18, 2021.“The Takeaway” – Inis Nua’s free post-show talk exploring the play’s themes and relevant events by guest scholars and theatre practitioners – will be a Zoom conversation between playwright Siân Owen, director Tom Reing, and artists involved in the production. The Takeaway will be Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 4pm. Visit inisnuatheatre.org for more information.