Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is delighted to announce that Dyfan Roberts will be playing the role of Y Tad (The Father) in their next production of the same name, during February and March 2018. Dyfan is one of our most experienced stage actors, and a very familiar name to Welsh-speaking audiences. His recent work includes: Pum Cynnig i Gymro (Theatr Bara Caws) (Nominated for the Best Actor Award – Welsh Language, Wales Theatre Awards 2016) and Merch yr Eog (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru). His work on film includes Un Nos Ola Leuad and Gwaed ar y Sêr.
Appearing with Dyfan Roberts will be an equally strong cast that includes both familiar and less familiar faces, namely Catrin Mara, Dafydd Emyr, Fflur Medi Owen, Rhodri Siôn and Mirain Fflur.
Arwel Gruffydd will be directing Y Tad, a new Welsh translation by Geraint Løvgreen of the modern classic, Le Père (The Father) by Florian Zeller. This new Welsh-language version won the National Eisteddfod’s competition for Translating a Play into Welsh in 2016. The original play won the 2014 Molière Award for Best Play. This will be a production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in association with Pontio.
Y Tad tells the heart-rending tale of a man struggling to understand what is happening to him as his memory fails, and a daughter who is trying to come to terms with her father’s illness. The play is part of a forthcoming season of work by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in 2018, examining the theme of Care and Community, to note the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service and to celebrate the important contribution made by the arts in the field of social wellbeing The company will be working with a number of organisations, including Age Cymru and Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, to gain from their specialist guidance in supporting this particular production and the wider season.
Y Tad deals specifically with dementia – an issue that is becoming increasingly familiar to us today – and the effect the illness has on the individual, the family and the home. In his adjudication of the National Eisteddfod’s competition last year, Gareth Miles described Geraint Løvgreen’s translation as “an outstanding contribution to our contemporary theatre”.
The original play, as well as English language productions, have received unanimous praise:
“… one of those plays that makes your brain hum with the unique potential of theatre.” The Independent
“An unqualified triumph.” The Telegraph
Whilst Florian Zeller has been described as: “The most exciting new theatre writer of our time.” The Guardian
Y Tad will be performed at seven venues throughout Wales.
Pontio, Bangor: 21 February 7.30pm (Preview) / 22 February 7.30pm / 23 February 2pm and 7.30pm. (Pre-show talk for Welsh-learners 21 February, and a post-show talk 22 February)
Pontardawe Arts Centre: 27 February 7.30pm / 28 February 11am. (Post-show talk 27 February)
Theatr Felinfach, Aeron Valley: 2 March 1pm and 7.30pm / 3 March 7.30pm. (Post-show talk 7.30pm, 2 March)
Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen: 6 March 1pm and 7.30pm.
Sherman Theatre, Cardiff: 8 March 7.30pm / 9 March 1.30pm and 7.30pm. (Post-show talk 8 March)
Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold: 13 March 7.45pm / 14 March 1.30pm and 7.45pm. (Post-show talk 13 March)
Canolfan Gartholwg, Church Village, Pontypridd: 16 March 1pm and 7.30pm. (Pre-show talk ahead of the 1pm performance)
In announcing the cast, Arwel Gruffydd, the director of the play and Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said:
“Dyfan is one of our most talented and experienced actors – which is a good thing under the circumstances! This role has been spoken of by several critics as the King Lear of our time – not that I’m trying to scare Dyfan! But he has an extremely strong ensemble to support him – each one an actor I can’t wait to start working with on this exceptional play.”
Dyfan Roberts said:
“In my whole career as an actor since 1970, this is the greatest theatrical challenge I have ever faced, but I’m looking forward to it immensely. It’s a play well worth doing, on many levels.”
Tickets will be on sale at the various venues from November onwards.