Alongside National Theatre Wales, we are pleased to announce commissions for two projects by Welsh artists as part of the final round of New Digital Commissions. The successful artists are: Karen Owen and Rhys Slade-Jones.
We’re proud to present O Ben’groes at Droed Amser by Karen Owen – a journey charting her life experiences on a bus from her home in Pen-y-groes, near Caernarfon to the clock on Bangor’s High Street, during a global pandemic. Karen is an author and poet who has won many awards for her work and has performed across the world. She wrote the script for the musical play Te yn y Grug which was performed in the Pavillion at last year’s Conwy County National Eisteddfod. This is the first piece she has created for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. More information to follow.
National Theatre Wales will be producing Pull Up A Pew by Rhys Slade-Jones. In Pull Up A Pew, Rhys will spend five days walking a section of Offa’s Dyke, carrying two chairs adorned with hand-crocheted covers. Rhys will explore the nature and rituals of grief and the ways that traditional crafting skills connect us to our past and our ancestors.
In April, the two companies – in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Arts – made a call-out for Wales’ theatre artists to respond creatively to the current situation and create new and innovative dramatic work for digital platforms. We have already created six new pieces of work as part of the project and look forward to working with these final artists artists to present their work. More information about the other New Digital Commissions are available here.
More information will be available soon on where you can watch these new exciting commissions.
This project is part of Creu Ar-lein, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s new programme in response to the coronavirus emergency and the challenge of creating original dramatic work during lockdown. More information about Creu Ar-lein available here.
25 June 2020