Light Ladd & Emberton


First collaborating in 2014, Light, Ladd & Emberton is a collective of three of Wales’ leading independent dance artists - Deborah Light, Eddie Ladd and Gwyn Emberton. Drawing on history and identity, predominantly of Wales, the company creates culturally engaged and uncompromisingly experimental productions on contemporary themes that have relevance to and resonate with audiences universally.

Commissioned for the Dylan Thomas Centenary by the National Library of Wales, CAITLIN charts the turbulent life of the famous poet’s wife. Alluding to the start of the1970s, when the widowed Caitlin started going to Alcoholics Anonymous, the audience sits in a circle with a woman revisiting and making a determined effort to deal with her tempestuous past. As Caitlin and Dylan drink, fight, love and leave each other, the unoccupied chairs become part of the action in a physical and powerful duet exploring relationships, addiction, jealousy and infidelity.

In the press

"A brilliant and overwhelming enactment… A ‘must see’ show, if you are strong enough to take it.” The Skinny

"Raw, visceral and at times, downright vulgar. There is a frenzied energy about this production that is utterly gripping.”  Female Arts

Production details

  • Devisor

    Light Ladd & Emberton
  • Director

    Deborah Light
  • Designer

    Neil Davies
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    40 folding chairs, two flight cases/boxes of sound equipment, costumes, props

  • Touring Availability

    From September 2017
  • Scale of venue

    Unconventional Space
  • Minimum performance space

    15m x 10m minimum, or 18m x 8m minimum
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text),
    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    ZOO at Lauriston Hall
  • Production dates

    23-26 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1200-1300 23-26 AUGUST, 1830-1930 24 AUGUST
  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity




The company offers a range of pre and post show talks, workshops, touch tours, and more. Available on request.