Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru are delighted to announce Theatr Gen Creu yn y Steddfod (Theatr Gen Creu at the Eisteddfod), a new initiative on the Maes (field) of this year’s National Eisteddfod, which takes place in Cardiff Bay 4–11 August.
Theatr Gen Creu yn y Steddfod (Theatr Gen Creu at the Eisteddfod) is a new initiative at the National Eisteddfod this year, which provides a platform for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s works in progress. It includes showings and readings of some of the company’s projects that are currently in development, providing an opportunity to refine the work and promote talent. It also gives the general public an opportunity to give feedback on the work presented, and to initiate a discussion about the process of creating new Welsh-language theatre works.
The vast majority of the Theatr Gen Creu yn y Steddfod programme takes place at Theatr y Maes, one of the Eisteddfod’s sub-pavilions, which is located at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.
The programme includes a broad range of works in development by new and experienced playwrights and artists. This is a unique opportunity to get a sneak preview of these plays in the early stages of their development, and to see the working methods and processes of the artists and playwrights as they experiment with their craft and ideas.
This programme of readings and showings is presented alongside a full production of Milwr yn y Meddwl, by Heiddwen Tomos, which was the winning play of the Drama Medal Prize at the National Eisteddfod Anglesey 2017. This production is also presented as part of the company’s initiative to develop new work and to promote talent development. Milwr yn y Meddwl is a Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Theatre co-production in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said:
“Theatr Gen Creu yn y Steddfod, our new initiative at this year’s Eisteddfod, highlights the hive of activity that is our new work development programme, as we develop new productions for the company’s future artistic programmes. We are delighted to be working with several partners on this programme of showings and readings, including the National Eisteddfod, Volcano Theatre, Mas ar y Maes, and Rondo. These presentations are also a part of a wider programme of new work and artist development that is ongoing throughout the year – ‘Theatr Gen Creu’ – which we launched earlier this year. Theatr Gen Creu is an initiative that provides a platform for new work in development and nurtures and promotes Welsh-language theatre talent. We are also delighted to present a full production of ‘Milwr yn y Meddwl’ by Heiddwen Tomos, again under the banner of ‘Theatr Gen Creu’, as part of our commitment to see that the winning play of the Drama Medal competition is staged annually.”
The Theatr Gen Creu yn y Steddfod programme by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru includes works in development by Caryl Lewis, Catrin Dafydd, Glesni Haf, Wyn Mason, Hefin Robinson and Gwyneth Glyn, and a further new collaborative project that is in development by Volcano Theatre and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
As part of an ongoing partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru works alongside the Eisteddfod on curating a variety of theatre activities during the festival. Full details of the Pentref Drama (Drama Village) programme will follow soon. The Eisteddfod will be implementing a wristband system for the daytime activities in the Pavilion (in the Donald Gordon Theatre), as well as the sub-pavilions held at the Wales Millennium Centre. These can be purchased in advance, or on the day. For full ticket details please click here.
Full details and the full Theatr Gen Creu yn y Steddfod timetable can be found here.