We’re proud to announce that Carys ac Andy by Elin Gwyn is the second play in the Dramâu Micro [Micro Plays] series by BBC Cymru Fyw and BBC Radio Cymru and ourselves.
In this first partnership, we are working together with BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Cymru Fyw to develop theatrical experiences for our audiences to enjoy on digital platforms during this time. The short plays have been written by members of our Grŵp Dramodwyr Newydd [New Playwrights’ Group] and created under social distancing conditions.
Starring Tara Bethan, Carwyn Jones and Sara Gregory and directed by Ffion Dafis, Carys and Andy are trying to keep in touch via Zoom and FaceTime, but keeping a relationship going during lockdown isn’t easy. The play will be available to view on BBC Cymru Fyw’s Facebook page Wednesday 17 June at 6pm; it will also be available on our YouTube and AM channels with English and Welsh captions.
Playwright Elin Gwyn works as an author and producer for Cwmni Da in Caenarfon, and is a member of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s New Playwrights’ Group. She is currently working on Person/a, a new drama series for young people. Ffarwel, an episode of Deian a Loli written by Elin, was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award last year. She’s pleased to be following the John Yorke masterclass series with TAC and S4C over the coming weeks. Elin lives in Rhosgadfan with her dog Macsen.
This is the third production for Ffion Dafis to direct for us at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, following X at last year’s Conwy County National Eisteddfod. Originally from Bangor, Ffion is one of Wales’s most prominent actors. A regular in TV series Byw Celwydd for many years; in 2017 she played the role of Lady Macbeth in our production of Macbeth in Caerphilly Castle. Her work as a director includes X, Y Negesydd (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) and Pobol y Cwm (S4C).
Tara Bethan started in the West End at age 13 in Bugsy Malone and went on to train at Redroof’s Theatre School ultimately finding herself in the final 10 of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for Nancy in the BBC’s I’d Do Anything. Soon to follow was 18 months touring the UK in the dream role of the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Her recent theatre credits include a very successful run of Llyfr Glas Neb (Frân Wen) earlier this year. Her TV Credits include 35 Awr, Gwaith / Cartref, six years on Pobol y Cwmn (S4C), and Footballer’s Wives (ITV).
Originally from Anglesey, Carwyn Jones trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He now lives in Cardiff and has worked extensively in the theatre in Wales, for companies including Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Theatr Bara Caws and Frân Wen; the latter’s production of Dim Diolch earning him a nomination for Best Actor at the Wales Theatre Awards. He has also appeared in numerous productions on S4C, including 35 Awr and the BAFTA Cymru-winning Deian a Loli.
Sara Gregory is a BAFTA Cymru-winning actor (Alys, 2013) who has appeared in a number of theatre productions for Theatr Bara Caws, Sherman Theatre, National Theatre Wales and most notably recently for Theatr Clwyd and National Theatre’s Home I’m Darling. Sara’s television credits include a regular role in improvised comedy series Tourist Trap (BBC) as well as Alys, Byw Celwydd and Parch (S4C) to name but a few.
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 Carys ac Andy can be found here.
Elin Gwyn, Tara Bethan, Carwyn Jones, Sara Gregory, Ffion Dafis
17 June 2020