Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru prepares packs to accompany various productions. We offer the following:
Resource pack to accompany the production (education establishments and Welsh learners)
Special offer on tickets for groups
Workshops with specialists in the theatre industry
Pre-show talk with the Director
Work experience on a production
If you would like further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Nyrsys Education Pack
This pack was developed by an experienced practitioner in the field of education who is also an examiner for WJEC. The pack has been specially tailored for the GCSE / A Level drama course and is suitable also for reviewing a play as part of the GCSE Welsh-medium course. It could be used as one example of Live Theatre for the question on reviewing in Part B of the GCSE Drama Paper.
Experimenting with this type of theatre would also be advantageous for GCSE and A Level pupils as they devise their own scenes based on any practitioner/genre.
The pack places Nyrsys in a rich context, and provides background information to the history of the verbatim play in Wales. It includes interviews with the team, together with activities to enrich a visit to the theatre, and tasks to complete following the visit.
Nyrsys will be touring throughout Wales between 6 November and 8 December 2018. Details of the tour are available here.
First Public Reading, April 2018
Welsh Learners' Resource: Nyrsys
The National Centre for Learning Welsh has created a contemporary lesson based on the Nyrsys production. The lesson gives experienced learners who have reached the Higher level an opportunity to have a taste of the production. It includes discussion opportunities, on the themes of health and the health service, a section of the script, relevant vocabulary exercises, video clips of the songs, and notes for tutors.
Every year the National Centre for Learning Welsh creates a series of contemporary lessons to present to learners. More information about the centre can be found here.
During the performance it will be possible to use the Theatr Genedlaethol app, Sibrwd, which provides and English synopsis for learners and non-Welsh speakers.
We’re extremely pleased that the drama groups run by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr have started again. Both clubs are held in Y Llwyfan at 6pm every Wednesday evening. Drama Club (years 3-6) and Senior Drama Club (years 7-9). We warmly welcome new members.
Estron Education Pack
This pack has been developed by experienced practitioners in the field of education, who are also examiners for WJEC. It has been tailored especially for the GCSE / A Level Drama course. For the GCSE examination, it can be used for the question asking for a review of a piece of live theatre, and for A Level it can be used for the question that asks for the influence of live theatre on their artistic choices in relation to the set texts. Estron will be touring Wales 19 April – 19 April. Full tour details can be found here.
Estron pre and post show talks
Miners Theatre, Ammanford:
- Post-show talk, 19 April
- Pre-show talk for welsh learners, 8 May
Canolfan Morlan, Aberystwyth:
- Post-show talk, 9 April
- Pre-show talk for welsh learners, 14 May
- Post-show talk, 15 May
- Post-show talk, 19 May
You’r welcome to read, study or perform parts of the Estron script by the author Hefin Robinson. If you are intending to use the script in the class or for a performance, we ask you kindly to let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estron Welsh Learners Pack
Welsh Learners pack - Higher Level
A pack created especially for Welsh learners, which includes an introduction to the play, new vocabulary and ideas for discussing the production.
Estron tutor packs
Notes for the tutor to accompany the Welsh learners pack. These notes provide an introduction to the play to higher level learners and encourages them to see it at the theatre. It’s possible to present the elements from this unit across more than one session.
Y Tad Education Pack
This pack has been developed by experienced practitioners in the field of education, who are also examiners for WJEC. It has been tailored especially for the GCSE / A Level Drama course. For the GCSE examination, it can be used for the question asking for a review of a piece of live theatre, and for A Level it can be used for the question that asks for the influence of live theatre on their artistic choices in relation to the set texts. Y Tad will be touring throughout Wales between 21 February and 16 March 2018. Details of the tour are available here.
Y Tad pre and post show talks
- Pre-show talk for Welsh learners February 21 at 6.30pm. Chair: Eirian Conlon
The talk will be in conducted in welsh. Tickets are free to this event but must be reserved beforehand.
- Post show talk 22 February
Pontardawe Arts Centre:
- Post-show talk, 27 February
Theatr Felinfach, Aeron Valley:
- Post-show talk, 2 March (evening performance)
Sherman Theatre, Cardiff:
- Post-show talk, 8 March
Theatr Clwyd, Mold:
- Post-show talk, 13 March
Garth Olwg Centre, Church Village, Pontypridd:
- Pre-show talk for Welsh learners (matinee performance). Talk begins at 12.15pm and chaired by Helen Prosser.
Pecyn i ddysgwyr (Pack for Welsh-learners)
This resource pack for Welsh learners was developed by Canolfan Iaith Nant Gwrtheyrn with support from National Centre for Learning Welsh and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
This text is available only in the Welsh language.
In order to ensure a long-term legacy for our work, it is now possible to read and study the script of Hollti – an original and contemporary script by the young author Manon Wyn Williams. The script is available to read at your leisure, or to study by students in secondary schools, further education colleges and higher education establishments.
Before being allowed to use the script, you must inform us by contacting email@example.com
Y Tŵr Resources
The director Michael McCarthy discusses the final few days of rehearsals before the world premiere of Y Tŵr at Sherman Theatre, 19 May 2017.
The writer, poet and musician Gwyneth Glyn discusses writing the libretto for Y Tŵr, setting the words of Gwenlyn Parry to music.
Here’s the conductor, Richard Baker, discussing the role of the conductor and working on an opera in the Welsh language Y Tŵr
Here are the singers, Caryl Hughes (Female) and Gwion Thomas (Male) discussing Y Tŵr
Here’s the designer, Samal Blak, discussing the design concept of Y Tŵr
Michael McCarthy, Director of Y Tŵr and Artistic Director, Music Theatre Wales and Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru discuss working together on Y Tŵr, a new opera based on the seminal play by Gwenlyn Parry.
The composer Guto Puw talks about creating Y Tŵr – the opera.
As a part of Theatr Gen Byw – our new, exciting enterprise – the performance of Macbeth on 14 February 2017 was broadcast live to centres throughout Wales, including Chapter (Cardiff), Pontio (Bangor), Galeri (Caernarfon), Theatr Colwyn (Colwyn Bay), Torch Theatre (Milford Haven), Glan yr Afon (Newport), Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ystradgynlais Welfare Hall, Neuadd Dwyfor (Pwllheli), Taliesin Arts Centre (Swansea) and Theatr Clwyd (Mold).
As a result of this enterprise, there is now an opportunity for education establishments – in particular secondary schools, further education colleges and higher education establishments – to watch and use a film of Macbeth for educational purposes until the end of 2017. Two versions are available – a Welsh-language version and a subtitled Welsh-language version.
Before being allowed to use the film, the consent form must be signed and returned, stating that you are willing to comply with the conditions noted.
Education Pack: Macbeth
This Education Pack was developed by Shakespeare School Festival and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
Ressources for Welsh Learners
These resources were developed by Nant Gwrtheyrn Language Centre, supported by Y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. These resources are only available in Welsh.
Into Film Cymru are a film education organisation, supported by the BFI with Lottery funding, who work with 1,000 schools in Wales, providing resources, teacher training, support for film clubs and networking within the film industry. To coincide with Macbeth and to promote Shakespeare Week 20–27 March, Into Film Cymru have a bilingual resource available for secondary schools which aims to engage youngsters with the recent film adaptation of Macbeth. The resource can be used to compare and contrast the film and stage versions of Macbeth.
Throughout the year, we organise a programme of workshops with various groups. The workshops can be tailored to suit your needs, and they could include fields such as Directing, Acting, Writing and Marketing. If you’re interested in organising a workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the next few weeks, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Drama Club and Menter Iaith Gorllewin Sir Gâr (West Carmarthenshire Language Initiative) will tour primary schools in the area and present theatre workshops led by Siân Elin Williams, one of the leaders of the Club. We look forward to meeting the county’s schoolchildren and bringing the world of the theatre into the classroom. Schools in the area are welcome to contact Gwawr Williams, the scheme’s Development Officer, if they would like to arrange a workshop.
The Drama Club meets every Wednesday evening between 6 and 7 pm in Y Llwyfan, Carmarthen – the home of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. The aim is to develop confidence in children by teaching them new performance skills and nurturing their interest in the theatre. The Club will run for the second year in 2018/19, and will open its doors to new members.
My child loves going to the class and I see her confidence growing because of it.
We offer a work experience programme which is aimed at year 11 secondary school pupils, sixth form pupils, university students, or individuals over the age of 16. We can offer work experience in specific areas within the company, depending on your interests.
If you’re interested in the theatre, why not get in touch with us to see what’s possible? We can usually offer between 5 and 10 days of work experience, but please note that no remuneration will be given.
Blog by Sarah Burge
Sarah Burge is a local artist and is on work experience with the costume department of Macbeth. She’s been keeping a diary of her time on the production on her blog. Read about her experiences here.