For the first time ever a contemporary Welsh lesson by the National Centre for Learning Welsh has been created based on a production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. This latest lesson will give Welsh learners the opportunity to experience the latest production ‘Y Tad’.
The drama is a new translation by Geraint Løvgreen of ‘Le Père’ by Florian Zeller and was the winner of the competition to translate a drama into Welsh at the Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod, 2016. The original won the Molière Prize 2014 for the best drama.
The lesson for Higher level learners includes video interviews with Arwel Gruffydd, the Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol, and Catrin Mara, who acts in the play. There will be an opportunity to look at a piece of the script and discuss the theme of the drama, dementia.
During the performances, it will also be possible to use Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s app ‘Sibrwd’, which offers an English summary for non-Welsh speakers and Welsh beginners.
Helen Prosser, Strategic Director of the National Centre for Learning Welsh, said: “It is very important that all aspects of our contemporary culture are open to those who learn Welsh. That is why the National Centre works with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. A lesson like this to help learners enjoy productions open another doors to our learners.”
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, with the support of Pontio, Canolfan Garth Olwg, the Sherman Theatre and Theatr Felinfach, also support the new National Centre’s pilot scheme, ‘Siarad’. ‘Siarad’ aims to bring together Welsh speakers and learners, so that learners can practice speaking Welsh. Anyone who is part of the scheme will have a 10% discount on ticket prices in the above locations.
Rhian Davies, Executive Producer at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said, “The Theatre’s pleased that these kind of lessons are prepared. The lesson will be a way of attracting learners to the world of Welsh drama, providing context for this production and enriching their experience of Welsh language and culture beyond the classroom. ”
The tour starts at Pontio, Bangor on 21 February. For a full list of performances click here