Over the next few days, it will be possible to listen to recordings of three new plays, performed for the first time by professional actors. The new works were created following a scripting workshop arranged by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru as part of the ‘Cer i Greu’ day under the auspices of BBC Cymru/ Wales and the Welsh Arts Council. The plays will appear on Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s website from 26 April 2016.
The ‘Writing Challenge’ workshop was held on 1 April at Galeri Caernarfon, and led by Dr Manon Wyn Williams, Bangor University. The challenge was to write a play which would take less than 10 minutes to perform, on one of the themes of the play Mrs Reynolds a’r Cena Bach, which is touring Wales during April and May 2016. One character had to be young, and the other an older person. The three strongest plays that were presented were then chosen to be recorded by the company.
The first play to be broadcast on Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s website on 26 April will be Môr o Gariad by Arddun Rhiannon, a student in the Welsh department at Aberystwyth University. The play will be performed by Merfyn Pierce Jones and Gwen Elin.
The second play to be broadcast will be Caffi Dre by Caryl Burke, on Wednesday 27 April. Caryl is originally from Porthmadog, and having graduated at Bangor University she is now working with the production company Rondo in Caernarfon. Caryl was also one of the community cast of Chwalfa, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s production, in February 2016. Performing this play will be Morfudd Hughes and Gwion Aled Williams. Speaking of the experience, Caryl said:
“Workshops such as these are vital in order to learn new skills and develop confidence, together with making contacts within the industry and meeting others who share the same interests. It has been very helpful to think of new ideas, and to give more consideration to the process of creating a script; in future, I’ll be approaching the task of writing in a different way, making use of the techniques presented during the session.”
Ddoi di ’Nôl will be the third play to be broadcast; the author is Sara Anest, originally from Bala, who is currently a student in the Welsh Department of Cardiff University. The actors who will be performing this work are Morfudd Hughes, Gwen Elin and Gwion Aled Williams, and the play will be available from 28 April. This is how Sara described her experience:
“I have always taken a lively interest in the field, from the first reading of the script through to the final performance. This opportunity provided me with a realistic idea of the process that occurs when a director and actors come together to read and analyse a script for the first time. The experience also helped me to develop a sense of self-awareness in a field that I find so exciting. There is no doubt that the opportunity was very valuable.”
The three authors were present during a rehearsal session to have the experience of working with a director and professional actors on new work.
Arwel Gruffydd, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Artistic Director, and who directed the three plays said:
“It was a pleasure to read the scripts that were submitted, and then to develop the final three. All six original scripts showed promise, and it was apparent that the workshop led by Manon Wyn Williams had been of great benefit to everyone who had taken part. I’d encourage each of the new authors to keep on developing their skills and I’m delighted that we have recorded three of the scripts, each one very different to the next. I would like to encourage people to listen to them and enjoy! I’d like to thank Galeri Caernarfon and the ‘Get Creative’ team for their support.”
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For more information, and to arrange interviews, please contact Lowri Johnston, Head of Marketing and Communication, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, firstname.lastname@example.org / 01267 245617 / 07903 842617.