Following the resounding success of the recent Nyrsys tour, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is delighted to announce further details about the company’s next tour, namely a production of Merched Caerdydd / Nos Sadwrn o Hyd. Merched Caerdydd is a new work by Catrin Dafydd, and Nos Sadwrn o Hyd is a translation by Roger Williams of his own popular play Saturday Night Forever. The plays will be presented as one programme, and will tour throughout Wales during the spring of 2019.
Both plays follow the stories of the diverse characters who live in our capital city, and are works by popular writers who understand Cardiff’s people and communities to a tee. Mared Swain will direct Merched Caerdydd and Aled Pedrick will direct Nos Sadwrn o Hyd. Following his success playing the part during the first staging of the play at the 2018 Cardiff National Eisteddfod, Sion Ifan will play Lee in Nos Sadwrn o Hyd. Emmy Stonelake will play the part of one of the three women in Merched Caerdydd, with other members of the cast to be announced soon.
Merched Caerdydd / Nos Sadwrn o Hyd will open at Theatr Clwyd before touring throughout Wales, and the tour will end in Cardiff with a series of performances at the Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre.
Theatr Clwyd, Mold: 13–15 March
Pontio, Bangor: 19 + 20 March
Canolfan Garth Olwg, Church Village: 22 March
Borough Theatre, Abergavenny: 25 March
Pontardawe Arts Centre: 26 March
Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan: 28 March
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 29 + 30 March
Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, Carmarthen: 1 + 2 April
Galeri, Caernarfon: 4 + 5 April
Ffwrnes, Llanelli: 8 + 9 April
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: 10–13 April
Details of the production
Merched Caerdydd (Cardiff Girls) by Catrin Dafydd
Cardiff is home to Cariad, Liberty and Awen. Whilst they each tread a very different path in life, they have more in common than their city alone. Here are three young, bright, and perhaps unexpected women from contemporary Wales, each trying to make sense of their messy lives. Women trying to come to terms with their past whilst navigating their futures. But will change be possible? Or has their fate already been sealed?
2018 was a very special year for Catrin Dafydd. She won the Crown at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod, very soon after winning the Fiction category in the Welsh Book of the Year Awards 2018 for her experimental novel Gwales. Merched Caerdydd was originally commisioned by the Literature and Drama Commitee of the National Eisteddfod Cardiff, and was developed and presented for the first time by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru as a work-in-progress as part of the ‘Theatr Gen Creu yn y Steddfod’ programme. Following a further period of development, we will be producing this raw play by one of the stars of the literary world in Wales in several venues across the country.
Nos Sadwrn o Hyd (Saturday Night Forever) by Roger Williams
Following a messy break-up sound-tracked by Take That in a city centre nightclub, Lee goes looking for love and finds it. For a short while life is sweet, but after every Saturday night dawns the harsh reality of Sunday morning and, as Lee discovers, nothing lasts forever.
Nos Sadwrn o Hyd is a Welsh language adaptation by the playwright Roger Williams of his own popular play Saturday Night Forever. The original English version was well received from the start with audiences and reviewers alike. This adaptation was commissioned by the National Eisteddfod and Stonewall Cymru and was presented for the first time at this year’s Cardiff National Eisteddfod by the company OOMFF as part of the Mas ar y Maes programme – a new project arranged jointly between the Eisteddfod, Stonewall Cymru and the LGBTQ+ community. Roger Williams is a well-known name in the field of drama in Wales, particularly so for his popular television series such as Caerdydd and Bang. The series Bang won a number of notable awards, including the Bronze Medal at the New York International Television and Film Awards 2018 – Best Entertainment Programme (Crime Play). It also won the BAFTA Cymru/Wales Award 2018 for a Television Play. Roger’s work for the stage includes Tir Sir Gâr (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, 2013).