Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru responds to the challenge of creating original dramatic work within a period of social distancing with Creu Ar-lein, a series of original plays or dramatic presentations to be shared on digital platforms, as well as continuing their artistic development work online. In order to offer employment for artists during these challenging and uncertain times, and to continue with our activities while theatres are closed, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is working with a number of partners in the cultural and creative sectors to present this comprehensive and diverse programme of work.
CC Closed captions in Welsh and English will be available on many of these productions. Instructions on how to use Closed Captions available here.
New Digital Commissions
We’re delighted to be working with the team at National Theatre Wales, and in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Arts, to commission the theatre artists of Wales to make live theatre in digital spaces during the ongoing lockdown.
How do you make theatre in a lockdown?
Just like you always did, except different in every possible way.
The theatre artists of Wales were invited to come up with innovative, exciting and human responses to this challenge and help audiences, communities and their theatre makers to come together whilst we are all kept apart. Alongside National Theatre Wales we will work with these artists to develop and present their work over the coming months. We welcomed applications for Welsh, English, bilingual or BSL projects, as well as those that contain no spoken language at all. In the call-out we invited the theatre artists of Wales to come up with innovative, exciting and human responses to this challenge and help audiences, communities and their theatre makers to come together whilst we are all kept apart.
In this first partnership between our organisations, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Cymru Fyw are working together to create Dramâu Micro [Micro Plays], a series of short plays to be shared on digital platforms.
The plays – lasting up to 5 minutes each – will be written by members of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Grŵp Dramodwyr Newydd [New Playwrights’ Group] and will be an opportunity for them to develop their writing skills by experimenting on digital platforms.
Sgidie, Sgidie, Sgidie
We are proud to be 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.
We are proud to produce the winning play from the Drama Medal competition at the 2019 Conwy County National Eisteddfod.
Adar Papur by Gareth Evans Jones was the winning play in the Drama Medal competition at the 2019 Conwy County National Eisteddfod, and, in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales, we have created a digital performance of the play to be released during Eisteddfod Amgen this year. This hopeful play by Gareth Evans Jones about loss, fragile mental health and unexpected friendships has been created under social distancing conditions and has been released on digital platforms.