The Wind of Heaven

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  4w, 4m

Emlyn Williams

The Wind of Heaven
by Emlyn Williams

Dilys Parry, an inconsolable Crimean War widow, lives in Blestin, a village which has no children, sin's no son's, and worships no god since a disaster snatched away all its youth. She is gradually re-awakened to life once a Miracle boy's influence b…

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 4m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


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 received its first London production in nearly 75 years at the Finborough Theatre, London, in November 2019.

M4 (13, 30-50) F4 (20, 30s)
  • Time Period 19th Century
  • Setting A lounge
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


"a parable about people being true to themselves, learning to take, literally and metaphorically, a leap of faith in the future." - The Arts Desk

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