Alongside Mentrau Iaith Cymru (Welsh Language Initiatives) we are delighted to announce today that they are working in partnership to introduce Clwb Theatr Cymru (Welsh Theatre Club) in order to offer a variety of creative opportunities and promote performance skills for children in every part of Wales over the summer.
Clwb Theatr Cymru will bring children in Wales together to enjoy various workshops over Zoom during the summer holidays. The sessions – arranged by us at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, and including opportunities for dancing, performing and creating characters – are suitable for primary school children between Year 2 and Year 6. The experts leading on the fun will include Jalisa Andrews, Ffion Wyn Bowen and Sian Elin. All Mentrau Iaith (Language Initiatives) in Wales are part of the scheme, and during the next few weeks there will be a campaign to draw participants from all areas. The sessions are offered free of charge, but it will be necessary to register through the local Menter. The workshops will be held through the medium of Welsh, and both companies in the scheme will also cater for any specific access requirements.
For many years, we have worked closely with Mentrau Iaith in west Wales to provide weekly Drama Clubs. During the lockdown, the company has been holding weekly Zoom sessions with children in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. This will be the first time for us to work in partnership with Mentrau Iaith Cymru to bring together every initiative throughout Wales, and provide participation work on this scale.
Rhian A. Davies, our Executive Producer, said:
“We’re delighted to have this opportunity of working collaboratively on a national scale with Mentrau Iaith Cymru whilst also supporting their – and our – wish to give young children throughout Wales an opportunity to come together over the summer holidays, to socialise with their peers and have fun through the medium of Welsh, whilst at the same time learning new skills in the arts with a team of young, very talented, facilitators.”
Lowri Jones, Chair of Mentrau Iaith Cymru, said:
“Mentrau Iaith the length and breadth of Wales have been very busy, offering a huge variety of opportunities for people of all ages to enable them to use their Welsh during this difficult period. We have succeeded in doing this by means of technology, enabling thousands of people to use the language in all kinds of clubs, classes and festivals. We are extremely pleased to be able to work with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, which has also been pioneering some excellent productions over the past few months. We are very excited to be able to offer this special opportunity to enable children in Wales to practise their creativity over the summer.”
Clwb Theatr Cymru is part of Pawb Ar-lein, our programme of educational and participatory activities on digital platforms, to inspire children and young people during a period of restrictions on movement.
We are also adding two further elements to our programme during this period:
- Theatr Gen Eto: This gives audiences an opportunity to enjoy past productions on screen whilst our theatres are closed. By releasing content from its extensive archive, the company will share several of its past productions on its YouTube channel and also on the AM digital platform (online at amam.cymru or by downloading the app at amam.cymru/ambobdim). Closed captions (or sub-titles) will be available in English and Welsh in almost all of these showings. More information available here.
- Creu Ar-lein: A new programme of original dramatic work created by the company during the coronavirus crisis. The company has already published projects jointly with National Theatre Wales (New Digital Commissions), BBC Cymru (Micro Plays) and the Urdd (Sgidie, Sgidie, Sgidie) as part of this programme, and there is more work in the pipeline. More information available here.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will be announcing further schemes and activities as part of our various programmes – Theatr Gen Eto, Creu Ar-lein and Pawb Ar-lein.
16 July 2020