We could all do with a reminder of how good it is to know (and not kill!) your neighbours...

Torch Theatre’s award-winning Artistic Director, Chelsey Gillard is back in the rehearsal room after Beauty and the Beast for a new production inspired by the issues facing small seaside villages in Pembrokeshire.

Artistic Director Chelsey Gillard at Cwm-yr-Eglwys
(Torch Theatre)

Kill Thy Neighbour, a co-production between the Torch and Theatr Clwyd, will cause a few raised eyebrows and guessing games this April and May. Examining hot topics that affect many of us in rural villages, towns and coastal areas across Wales today, the comedy thriller revolves around the slow erosion of residential areas, becoming sites for holiday homes and tourism.

Discussing the play at the Torch last week, Chelsey said: “Firstly, Kill Thy Neighbour is a really entertaining play that will hopefully have the audience laughing and guessing what’s going to happen next. Sometimes we undervalue entertainment, but it’s important.”

Kill Thy Neighbour is Wrexham-born writer Lucie Lovatt’s first full-length play. Chelsey added: “I love working with writers on new plays, it feels like you can speak directly to the world as it is now. I feel honoured to be directing it, especially for our audiences in Pembrokeshire who will have direct experience with second home ownership.”

Artistic Director Chelsey Gillard with Kill Thy Neighbour play advertisement on Pembrokeshire beach.
(Torch Theatre)

Kill Thy Neighbour, performed by an all-star cast at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven from 24 April to 4 May, will provoke people and make them think about how important living in a supportive, rural community actually is.

Chelsey concluded: “I hope that audience members will still be talking about it the next day at work, in the shop, around the dinner table. The moments that surprised them, what they found funny, which character they side with! Mostly I hope they have a brilliant night out and remember to tell the people they love how much they mean to them. A bit soppy but true.”

Booking is available at the Torch Theatre’s website or by calling 01646 695267. The production can also be seen at Theatr Clwyd from 2 – 20 April. Recommended age 14+