Rhith Gân, the play that won the Drama Medal for author Wyn Mason at the Maldwyn National Eisteddfod in 2015, will be performed in the Cwt Drama on the field of this year’s Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod at Abergavenny. This will be the main play of the week at the Drama Village, and it is presented by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Rhith Gân will be performed from Monday 1st August until Friday 5th August. It is based on the prize-winning album ‘Y Bardd Anfarwol’ by Gareth Bonello (The Gentle Good). The play is directed by Sara Lloyd, Associate Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Gareth Bonello is the Music Director. The Designer is Luned Gwawr Evans, the Sound Designer is Gareth Brierly, and Ceri James is the Lighting Director.
The actors taking part are Rhodri Evan, Saran Morgan, Nia Roberts and Llion Williams, and Gareth Bonello will also be performing parts of his songs from the album. Wyn Mason, the author of the play, said:
“It is a great privilege for me to see my play being performed at the National Eisteddfod this year. I started writing the play over three years ago, and winning the Drama Medal at last year’s Eisteddfod was a unique experience. It’s great to see that work coming to life in the rehearsal room. I have been an admirer of Gareth Bonello’s work for several years, and the conceptual album ‘Y Bardd Anfarwol’ lent itself perfectly as a work on which to base a play. I was extremely pleased when Gareth agreed, and I am looking forward immensely to seeing it being performed at the Eisteddfod.”
Gareth composed the album ‘Y Bardd Anfarwol’ after spending a residential period of six weeks in 2011 with the Chengdu Associated Theatre of Performing Arts in China, under the auspices of the British Council and PRSF.
Gareth Bonello, composer of ‘Y Bardd Anfarwol’, said:
“The residential period I spent in China provided a special opportunity for me to conduct research into traditional Chinese music and literature, and to work with local musicians. After returning to Wales, I worked with the composer Seb Goldfinch, The Mavron String Quartet and the UK Chinese Ensemble to create the album ‘Y Bardd Anfarwol’, which tells the tale of the Chinese poet Li Bai. It is wonderful to know that the next step for the album will be to turn it into a theatrical production. It is a great privilege for me to have an opportunity to work with Wyn Mason and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to realise this next step, and working with a crew to bring all the elements together is a new experience for me.”
‘Y Bardd Anfarwol’ won the award for the Welsh Album of the Year at the 2014 National Eisteddfod. Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said:
“Performing the work that won the Drama Medal in the Cwt Drama is well-established as one of the main theatrical events during Eisteddfod week. We as a company are delighted this year to present Wyn Mason’s play, based on Gareth Bonello’s outstanding album. It is an extremely exciting project, with many different elements to entertain the audience. As all the tickets have been sold for the corresponding performances over the past two years, I strongly advise the audience to secure their tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment!”
1 – 5 August 2016, 6pm
Cwt Drama, on the field of the Abergavenny National Eisteddfod
Tickets for sale from the National Eisteddfod– www.eisteddfod.cymru /
0845 4090 900. Admission – £5 (in addition to a field ticket).
*The play begins promptly at 6, and late arrivals will not be admitted.
For further information, please contact Lowri Johnston, Head of Marketing and Communication, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru; firstname.lastname@example.org / 01267 245617.