THE WIND OF HEAVEN
by Emlyn Williams
Finborough Theatre - November/December 2019
“Is something coming to us that for two thousand years the tear-stained blood-sick world has
been waiting for?”
Dilys Parry lives in Blestin, a Welsh mountain village which has no children and worships no god
since a disaster snatched away all its youth.
Inconsolable since her husband died in the Crimean War, Dilys is gradually re-awakened to life
when a prophet-like child working in her household is called by God to serve the world.
In the wake of vast social inequality and a mismanaged war, one small community rediscovers its lost faith, with startling consequences for the village, and the world beyond…
A parable about healing the wounds inflicted by a national trauma, The Wind of Heaven was first produced in the West End in April 1945, just three weeks before the end of the Second World War in Europe, starring Emlyn Williams himself. It now receives its first London production in nearly 75 years at the Finborough Theatre, well known for its recent rediscoveries of Emlyn Williams’ work, including the multi-award-winning Accolade.
“Will Maynard’s production shrewdly… suggests a post-second world war setting. The performances are impeccable…fully deserves revival”.
“Breathtaking… an exceptional and outstanding production”.
“Will Maynard’s direction of imaginative power fills one with admiration… without missing a beat in two hours of superior theatre… this has Lyttleton Theatre written all over it”.
“A mysteriously moving masterpiece”.
“Simply superb… The Finborough is punching above its weight again. A must see”.