We’re pleased to announce our programme for the 2019 Llanrwst National Eisteddfod. We will be presenting two new productions under the Theatr Gen Creu arm – including the winner of the Drama Medal at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod last year – as well as a varied programme of discussions and rehearsed readings highlighting the company’s work-in-progress. Once again this year, we are delighted to support the Pentref Drama [Drama Village] as part of our partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
X by Rhydian Gwyn Lewis
Winning Play of the Cardiff National Eisteddfod Drama Medal
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales, supported by the Gwenlyn Parry Literary Estate and the Hugh Griffith Memorial Fund.
This thrilling new play is about a group of young Welsh terrorists on the eve of a referendum in the year 2039 in which the people must decide whether Wales should unite with England to create a new nation.
Written by Rhydian Gwyn Lewis X won the Drama Medal at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod under a different title. Rhydian is originally from Caernarfon, but now lives in Grangetown, Cardiff. The 29-year-old works as a script editor on Pobol y Cwm and enjoys writing and composing in his spare time.
X will be directed by Ffion Dafis. Originally from Bangor, Ffion is one of Wales’s most prominent actors. She has featured in Byw Celwydd for many years, and in 2017 she played the part of Lady Macbeth in Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s production of Macbeth in Caerphilly Castle. Her work as a director includes Y Negesydd (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) and Pobol y Cwm.
Tickets to see X in Theatr y Maes will be available to buy via the National Eisteddfod of Wales from 7 June: eisteddfod.cymru / 0845 4090 800
More information about the production can be found here.
Bachu by Melangell Dolma
A Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Melangell Dolma and Theatr Clwyd production, supported by the National Eisteddfod of Wales, via Cronfa Gari, and Wales Millennium Centre. Originally developed as part of Theatr Clwyd’s Writers in Residence programme, this is a heart-warming play about love, friendship and confused hearts at the Eisteddfod.
Melangell Dolma is an actress and playwright from Meirionethshire, now living in Cardiff. Since graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2014, she has acted in productions with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Nansi), Lucid Theatre, Cwmni’r Frân Wen and Dirty Protest – as well as appearing on television programmes such as Parch, Craith and Hinterland. Bachu is Melangell’s first play and was originally developed as part of Theatr Clwyd’s Writers in Residence programme.
Sarah Bickerton – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Associate Director – will be directing Bachu. Originally from Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Sarah studied Drama at Aberystwyth University before training as a director with Living Pictures and Sherman Cymru. Sarah has directed productions on behalf of several companies, including Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Hollti and Nansi), Sherman Cymru (A Place with the Pigs), Mess up the Mess (Kindling) and Mewn Cymeriad (Pleidiol Wyf i’m Gwlân), as well as working as associate director and assisant director on a number of other productions.
Entry to see Bachu at Caffi Maes B at the Eisteddfod is free. More information about the production available here.
Alongside these productions, we will present a programme of events which highlight our work in progress. Offering an unique opportunity to enjoy an insight into the early development of these plays, this programme also provides a taste of the creative processes undertaken by the authors and creative teams as they experiment and develop their ideas.
This year’s programme will include the following:
- A rehearsed reading of Branwen – a contemporary adaptation of the Second Verse of the Mabinogi by the playwright Aled Jones Williams, commissioned by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – and a discussion with the playwright alongside the Artistic Director Arwel Gruffydd;
- Theatr Unnos [Overnight Theatre] on the theme of Gwely [Bed] by one of the directors of Theatr Gen Creu’s Awenau scheme, Elen Mair Thomas;
- A talk from the poet and author Mererid Hopwood and theatre director Sarah Bickerton to hear more about Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s next production, Y Cylch Sialc [The Caucasian Chalk Circle], which will tour across Wales in October 2019.
More information regarding these events available here.
Artistic Director, Arwel Gruffydd, said:
“Our programme of events at the Llanrwst Eisteddfod this year celebrates all of the aspects which are integral to Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s work. Under the auspices of Theatr Gen Creu, we’re pleased to offer the opportunity for two young playwrights – Rhydian Gwyn Lewis and Melangell Dolma – to see their plays on-stage for the first time, as well as giving other talented creatives the opportunity to develop their craft. Alongside this, some of Welsh-language theatre’s most prominent figures – Aled Jones Williams and Mererid Hopwood – will share and discuss their work.”