Today, (September 8th 2016) four members of Merched y Wawr Aberystwyth and Llanafan branches will be starring in a scene by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, which will be part of the company’s latest production. The play, Merch yr Eog, will open in Aberystwyth on October 5-7 before touring Wales, south west England and Brittany.
The scene will be pre-recorded and will be shown in every performance of the play. The members that will take part are Beryl Young, Cynthia Edwards, Alwena Richards and Beryl Jenkins.
The rehersals for Merch yr Eog have started at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and is a co-production between Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Teatr Piba, Brittany, in partnership with Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Lleuwen Steffan will play the main part (Mair), and playing the part of the mother will be Rhian Morgan. Completing the cast are three actors from Brittany; Loeiza Beauvir, Steeve Brudey and Mai Lincoln.
The play, which is based on original work by Owen Martell and Aziliz Bourges, is a multilingual piece and will be performed in Welsh, Breton and French. The directors are Thomas Cloarec (Teatr Piba) and Sara Lloyd (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), and the cast will include actors from Wales and France. Merch yr Eog will open at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 5 October 2016. This is the first time that Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru has co-produced with a company from abroad on a project that will tour internationally.
Sara Lloyd, Associate Director with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, and one of the Directors of Merch yr Eog, said:
“It’s a pleasure for us to work with local Merched y Wawr members here in Aberystwyth to film this piece for the play. The scene, which is set in a ‘spa’ will be a vital part of the second act of the play. We look forward to filming this coming Thursday, also in the company of Rhian Morgan. The scene will appear in the play here in Wales, but also in Plymouth and then Brittany, which is very exciting.”
Tegwen Morris, National Director of Merched y Wawr said;
“Merched y Wawr are really pleased to be working with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, following collaborating on successful courses in the past. Merched y Wawr are very supportive to the production, and we look forward to seeing it on tour.”
Audiences will be required to download the Sibrwd app in order to be able to follow the elements of the play performed in which ever language they do not speak (be that Welsh, Breton or French). Until now, Sibrwd has been used for the company’s non-Welsh-speaking audiences only, and this is a significant step forward in the use of this innovative piece of technology. The whole play can also be enjoyed in English by way of Sibrwd.
For futher information and to arrange press tickets, please contact Lowri Johnston, Head of Marketing and Communications, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, firstname.lastname@example.org / 01267 245617
Merch yr Eog
Based on original work by Owen Martell and Aziliz Bourgès.
Directors: Sara Lloyd, Thomas Cloarec
Designer: Nadège Renard
Lighting Designer: Ceri James
Video Designer: Louise Rhoades-Brown
Sound Designer: Steve Shehan
Cast includes: Loeiza Beauvir, Steeve Brudey, Mai Lincoln, Rhian Morgan, Lleuwen Steffan
19:30 – 05–07 October
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
aberystwythartscentre.co.uk / 01970 623 232
19:30 – 11 & 12 October
www.pontio.co.uk / 01248 38 28 28
19:30 – 14 October
Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli
19:30 – 17 October
www.galericaernarfon.com / 01286 685 222
19:30 – 20 & 21 October
www.theatrausirgar.co.uk / 0845 226 3510
20:00 – 25 & 26 October
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
www.wmc.org.uk / 029 2063 6464
The House, Plymouth University
https://peninsula-arts.co.uk / 01752 585050
L’Arthémuse, Brieg, Llydaw
Le Théâtre du Champ au Roy, Gwengamp, Llydaw
La Maison du Théâtre, Brest, Llydaw
Le Théâtre du Pays de Morlaix, Montroulez, Llydaw