The Secret of Belonging explores the life of Josef Herman known in Ystradgynlais as"Jo Bach". It tells the tale of an outwardly gregarious man, a lover of good conversation, an inspirational teacher who found his spiritual home in Wales.
"I stayed here because I found ALL I required. I arrived as a stranger for a fortnight - the fortnight became eleven years."
Based on the true facts of Herman's life, The Secret of Belonging explores the quest for inspiration, the struggle to find a style and the search for a home. In Michael Waters’ new play, this intimate story is filled with warmth, laughter and poignancy. It depicts an artist at work, in anguish and at peace, as Herman finds in the small community, his muse - the Welsh Miner.
They became his fascination, his focus and his universal metaphor for the "working man".
The Secret of Belonging by Michael Waters
Josef Herman – Phyl Harries
Catriona – Satcey Daly
Will – Joshua McCord
Peggy – Llinos Daniels
Girl 1 – Samantha Partner
Girl 2 - Jessica Partner
Music composed and performed by Andy Jones
Directors – Michael Waters & Nikki Neale
Design – Holly McCarthy
Lighting Design – Mark Satchell
Video Projection – Sean Vickery
Stage Manager – Ashley Hooke
ASM – Sarah Morgan