"A treat and one of the undoubted highlights of the Traverse season" –The Metro
“This is a blast of a production and can’t fail to bring a smile to your face” –Public Reviews
“Every element of the production is beautifully realized…The text, crafted by Carl Grose, is both poetic and cheerily colloquial” –Total Theatre Review
National Theatre Wales and Told by an Idiot bring their critically acclaimed celebration of Gwyn Thomas – one of the most distinctive Welsh voices of the last century – and an outstanding Welsh cast to the Edinburgh Festival. Taking as its inspiration Thomas’ ink-black comic tales, The Dark Philosophers is a funny, violent and passionate depiction of a community teetering on the brink of humanity. Using Told by an Idiot’s trademark anarchic physicality and inventive storytelling, this adaptation brings out the bleak, wild humor in tales laced with sex, murder and Thomas’ devastating Valleys wit.
Carl Grose’s plays include Quick Silver, Laughing Gas (with Nick Darke), 49 Donkeys Hanged and Superstition Mountain. He has written for Told By An Idiot, The National Theatre, o-region, BBC Radio, Vesturport and Kneehigh (Tristan & Yseult, The Bacchae and Cymbeline. Carl was born in Cornwall in 1975.