Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is delighted to announce its programme for the forthcoming season. Following our next production, Y Tŵr – a new opera based on Gwenlyn Parry’s iconic play, in co-production with Music Theatre Wales – we will be presenting Hollti, a new, contemporary play by Manon Wyn Williams, and Estron by Hefin Robinson, the winning play of the Drama Medal 2016. Both will be staged during the week of the Anglesey National Eisteddfod, and Hollti will be on tour in October.
Based on an original idea by Sarah Bickerton and Marred Glynn Jones, Hollti is a new, bold, verbatim play about the right of our communities to decide their own future. In response to the plans to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey, Hollti explores the concerns and hopes of some of the island’s residents, including the proposed Wylfa Newydd’s nearest neighbours, namely the family of Caerdegog farm, near Llanfechell, Amlwch. With a script created from interviews with local residents, a cast of familiar faces brings to life the arguments for and against. Theatr Genedlaethol is pleased to announce that Sarah Bickerton (our newly appointed Associate Director and director of Nansi, Montgomeryshire and the Marches National Eisteddfod, 2015) will be directing this production of a new work by Anglesey writer Manon Wyn William.
Manon Wyn Williams said:
“The process of preparing the script was interesting and, indeed, an eye-opener. It is not often that one has the opportunity to talk in depth with individuals holding contrasting views on such a controversial matter that has implications on several levels – personal, economic, cultural and linguistic. I hope that the play will lead to a wider open discussion, both locally and nationally, on an issue that will not only have an impact on us today, but also on future generations.”
We will be staging Hollti at Theatr Bro Alaw, Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, near the Anglesey National Eisteddfod maes, and then touring the production in October – dates and full details to be confirmed.
Dates: Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 August, 20:00 (Tuesday 8 August: Preview)
Tickets: Early bird ticket (before 30 June) £12/£10; after 30 June £15/£12
Estron was the prize-winning play in the Drama Medal competition at the Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod 2016, and was given an excellent adjudication. A thought-provoking work by Hefin Robinson, a new author – who recently came second and third in this competition, before winning the Medal last year – Estron will be staged at Cwt Drama on the National Eisteddfod maes, in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales. This is a new, alternative, work following the story of Alun, a young man dealing with recent devastating events who seeks solace in a visitor from another world.
Hefin Robinson said:
“Estron is a theatrical reflection on our human existence. It is an unsettling, playful and emotional journey that reflects the loneliness and energy of our modern world. I am looking forward immensely to sharing the play with an audience for the first time.”
Estron will be directed by Janet Aethwy (director of La Primera Cena, Montgomeryshire and the Marches National Eisteddfod 2015) and performed at Cwt Drama, Pentref Drama on the Eisteddfod maes.
Dates: Monday 7 – Friday 11 August, 18:00
Tickets: £5 (not including a Field Ticket)
Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said:
“I am extremely glad that the company is able to provide a stage for two new playwrights during this year’s National Eisteddfod. I am also pleased that the partnership between the two organisations continues to go from strength to strength, as we work together to nurture new theatre talent and to develop new writing in the Welsh language. Both are original, contrasting works, dealing with contemporary themes and the hopes and concerns of the current generation. Together, both offer a theatrical vision that is both sharp and playful, brave in form and content, political, relevant and fresh; on the one hand amusing and on the other deeply moving. Two bold plays by two confident young writers at the forefront of a new generation of Welsh-language playwrights.”
Tickets for Hollti ac Estron will be on sale on Tuesday 2 May, through the National Eisteddfod. To purchase tickets, please click here or phone 0845 4090 800.