We are delighted to announce the details of Y Cylch Sialc, our new production for autumn 2019. The play will be on tour between 2–22 October 2019.
This is the first time that we’ll venture into the world of Bertolt Brecht; it does so with a new Welsh translation of Der kaukasische Kreidekreis (The Caucasian Chalk Circle) by the author and poet Mererid Hopwood, with original music being performed live by the singer Gwenno. Y Cylch Sialc is an adventure story, following the tale of a young girl as she escapes from her home in the wake of war, and decides to sacrifice everything in order to save a child. The play – a twentieth-century classic – bursts with music, black humour and lively characters.
The cast includes several familiar faces and some who are new to Welsh theatre. Rebecca Hayes will play the part of the young girl at the heart of the story, and she will share the stage with Geraint Rhys Edwards, Siôn Eifion, Sara Harris-Davies, Noel James, Pınar Öğün, Glyn Pritchard and Mali Ann Rees. Gwenno – who has composed all the music and songs – will also be performing live throughout the production as The Storyteller. The play will be directed by Sarah Bickerton, our Associate Director.
Y Cylch Sialc will be presented in cooperation with Carmarthenshire Theatres and opens in Ffwrnes, Llanelli on Wednesday evening, 2 October, with performances at the venue until Friday evening, 4 October. From Llanelli, it will be touring to the following venues: Portland House, Cardiff (8–10 October 2019), Pontio, Bangor (15–18 October 2019) and Aberystwyth Arts Centre (21 & 22 October 2019). A BSL-interpreted performance will be given on 10 October 2019 at 7.30pm in Portland House, Cardiff. Tickets are now on sale at Llanelli, Cardiff and Aberystwyth, and tickets for the performance at Pontio will be available from 28 June.
In each performance, Sibrwd – our language access app – will be available to guide the audience through the story, whatever their level of fluency in Welsh. By means of a voice in the ear, the app conveys in English what is being said on the stage, and is available for the audience members to use either on their mobile phones or by borrowing a device from us before the start of the show. In addition, discussions will be held throughout the tour to support Welsh-learners who are attending the performance.
To support the tour, we’re also pleased to present a comprehensive Education Pack jointly prepared with the WJEC. The pack has been specially tailored to meet the requirements of the GCSE and A Level Drama examinations, and it is hoped that it will enrich the experience of school groups that come to see the production.
Arwel Gruffydd, our Artistic Director, said: “The opportunities to see Brecht’s innovative plays on stage are few and far between – and even more so through the medium of Welsh. We are delighted to announce the details of the tour for this bold new production, and to introduce an extremely talented cast with a wide array of experiences. The company is also pleased to work in association with Carmarthenshire Theatres with this production; as a company based in Carmarthen, this relationship with our local theatres is very special to us.”
More details regarding the production can be seen here.
2 – 4 October 2019
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0345 2263510
Portland House, Cardiff
8 – 10 October 2019
wmc.org.uk | 029 2063 6464
15 – 18 October 2019
Tickets on sale soon
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
21 and 22 October 2019
aberystwythartscentre.co.uk | 01970 62 32 32
Chwith i dde: Rebecca Hayes, Gwenno, Geraint Rhys Edwards, Siôn Eifion, Sara Harris-Davies, Noel James, Pınar Öğün, Glyn Pritchard, Mali Ann Rees.
13 Mehefin 2019