We are proud to announce that we are working in partnership with the Urdd Eisteddfod to broadcast the winning play from last year’s Drama Medal competition at the Urdd Eisteddfod.
Sgidie, Sgidie, Sgidie by Mared Roberts was the winning play in the Drama Medal competition at the 2019 Cardiff and Vale Urdd Eisteddfod, and, in partnership with the Urdd Eisteddfod, we have created a digital performance of the play to be released during Eisteddfod T this year. The digital play – which explores homelessness on the streets of Cardiff – has been created under social distancing conditions and will be released on digital platforms. Gethin Roberts is the director and is a member of Awenau, our training and mentoring programme for emerging directors. The cast members are both 2020 graduate actors from Wales: Cadi Beaufort from Canolfan Berfformio Cymru, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Mark Henry Davies from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Sgidie, Sgidie, Sgidie will be available to watch on our YouTube channel and on the AM platform (online at amam.cymru or by downloading the app on amam.cymru/ambobdim) from 5pm, 27 May 2020. It will be available to view on those platforms for four weeks.
For a number of years, we have worked closely with the winning playwrights from the Urdd Eisteddfod’s Drama Medal competition to nurture their writing talents and develop their work. This year, once again, there will be an opportunity for Eisteddfod T’s winning playwright to work with us to develop their work over the coming year.
Arwel Gruffydd, our Artistic Director, said:
“We’re proud to have this opportunity to develop our long-standing relationship with the Urdd to nurture new talent in theatre writing. I’m confident that this opportunity to create and present a bold and heart-wrenching new play by one of the emerging stars of Welsh theatre, will add to the appeal of the Drama Medal competition for potential future competitors. It will also give a platform and employment opportunities for a young playwright, director, performers and stage management team during an extremely challenging time for the theatre industry.”
Sian Eirian, Director of Eisteddfod yr Urdd, said:
“With our digital eisteddfod, Eisteddfod T on television and radio throughout the week, it’s an extra celebration that the winning play from last year’s Urdd Eisteddfod will be broadcast in such an innovative way. The Eisteddfod is proud of its record of nurturing new and exciting talent, and it’s so important that this content is made accessible to a wide audience. We’d like to thank Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru for their vision in staging the play in this way. The platform will hopefully attract a new audience too, which is always a positive thing.”
Sgidie, Sgidie, Sgidie is part of Creu Ar-lein, a new programme of original dramatic work from during the coronavirus crisis. We have already announced collaborative projects with National Theatre Wales (New Digital Commissions) and BBC Cymru Wales (Dramâu Micro) as part of this programme and further work is also underway.
We are also offering two further elements as part of their artistic programme during this period:
- Theatr Gen Eto: This is an opportunity for audiences to enjoy our past productions on screen whilst theatres are closed. By releasing content from our extensive archive, we will share a number of past productions on our YouTube channel and also on the new digital platform, AM (on-line at amam.cymru or by downloading the app at amam.cymru/ambobdim). Nos Sadwrn o Hyd by Roger Williams is currently available as part of the Theatr Gen Eto programme. The play Mrs Reynolds a’r Cena Bach by Gary Owen, translated by Meic Povey, will be the next release from the archive on 27 May 2020. Welsh and English closed captions (or subtitles) will be available on almost all these screenings. More information about Theatr Gen Eto is available here.
- Pawb Ar-lein: We will continue with our educational and participatory activities on digital platforms during this period. This strand of work includes the launch of Archif Addysg / Education Archive on our website over the forthcoming weeks in order to support those studying Drama and Welsh in secondary schools, universities and further education colleges.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will announce further plans and activities as part of Theatr Gen Eto, Creu Ar-lein and Pawb Ar-lein.
22 May 2020