Alongside our co-producers and partners – including Theatr Clwyd, Melangell Dolma, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre – we are delighted to announce the cast members of two new productions that will be performed at the Conwy County National Eisteddfod in August of this year.
Saran Morgan, Garmon Rhys, Manon Wilkinson and Tomos Wyn will be performing in X by Rhydian Gwyn Lewis – the play that won the Drama Medal at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod in 2018.
Directed by Ffion Dafis, X is an exciting new play about a group of young Welsh terrorists; it is set in the year 2039, when a referendum is about to be held to decide whether or not Wales should unite with England to form a new state. It will be staged at Theatr y Maes by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and with the support of the Gwenlyn Parry Literary Estate and the Hugh Griffith Memorial Fund.
Saran Morgan recently graduated with a postgraduate degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has already appeared in several television programmes on S4C, including Gwaith / Cartref, 35 Diwrnod, Cara Fi and short films such as Y Syrcas, Dan y Wenallt and Helfa’r Heli. She has also appeared on stage in productions such as Wolf Tattoo (Company of Sirens), Inheriting Gods (Theatr Gwalia), and Rhith Gân (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru).
Originally from Denbigh, Garmon Rhys has appeared in several television series, including Enid a Lucy a 35 Diwrnod (S4C), Craith / Hidden (BBC/S4C) and Gangs of London (Sky Atlantic). He has also played various roles on the theatre stage, including Pete Quaife in the UK tour of Sunny Afternoon and the main role, Wilfred Owen, in Simon Godwin’s production of Regeneration. Garmon has also presented Y Lle (S4C).
Manon Wilkinson, who is also a former student of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, was brought up in Caernarfon; she has worked extensively as an actor on stage and on screen. She has already worked with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Volcano, Theatr Clwyd, Theatr Bara Caws, Cwmni Pendraw and Sherman Theatre, as well as appearing in and Dim Ond y Gwir, Pobol y Cwm, Rownd a Rownd and Cei Bach for S4C and Craith / Hidden and Y Gwyll / Hinterland for BBC/S4C.
In his early years, Tomos Wyn, who is originally from Llanrwst, was mainly interested in competing and performing as a singer, before turning to the world of television in 2010 as a member of the cast of Rownd a Rownd (S4C). In 2017, he played the part of Malcolm in Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s production of Macbeth, and he also performs in the QDOS pantomimes every Christmas.
Left to right: Saran Morgan, Garmon Rhys, Manon Wilkinson and Tomos Wyn
Mared Jarman, Judith Humphreys and Cellan Wyn will take to the stage at Caffi Maes B as the cast of Bachu by Melangell Dolma.
With Sarah Bickerton at the helm, this is a feel-good play to lift the spirits; a rom-com dealing with love, friendship and mixed-up emotions at the Eisteddfod. Bachu is presented by Melangell Dolma, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Theatr Clwyd, with support from the National Eisteddfod of Wales (through Cronfa Gari) and Wales Millennium Centre.
Mared Jarman is an actor and author from Cardiff who has performed on stage (Double Vision – Gagglebabble / Wales Millennium Centre), in film (Nyrs Smith – BBC It’s My Shout) and as a voiceover (Tree Sisters of Pumlumon – yellobrick). As an actor who is visually impaired, Mared is an active member of the arts network UCAN Productions that works throughout the UK and internationally.
Judith Humphreys is a familiar face as an actor on stage and screen. She is best known for playing the part of Jini Owen in the film Hedd Wyn (S4C) and she has also appeared in Pobol y Cwm and Caerdydd. On stage, she has performed with several companies, including Theatr Bara Caws, Cwmni Theatrig, Cwmni Theatr Gwynedd, Cwmni Hwyl a Fflag and Bristol Old Vic. With Hijinx Theatre Company, Judith has also worked in association with actors who have learning disabilities.
Cellan Wyn, who is originally from Ammanford, started his acting career in the S4C series Caerdydd and 2 Dŷ a Ni. Recently, he took part in a rehearsed reading for the project Theatr Gen Creu Ar Daith: Pwy ’Sgrifennodd Honna? (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) and in the rehearsal period for Derwen (Cwmni Theatr Invertigo). Cellan is also an author and musician; he was one of the composers for the musical theatre show Cysgu’n Brysur (Theatr Arad Goch), and he is also a member of the band Bromas.
Both productions are supported by the Awenau scheme (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s mentorship programme for new directors) via the Elinor Wyn Roberts Memorial Fund and Graham Laker Memorial Fund which sponsors assistant directors on a number of the company’s productions in 2019/20.
Left to right: Mared Jarman, Judith Humphreys a Cellan Wyn
8 July 2019