Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is delighted to support the 2018 Children’s Festival of Welsh History. The festival for children is full of events and presentations organised and staged in heritage sites across Wales during September. Sarah Bickerton, our Associate Director, has been directing a short one-actor play for children, Pleidiol Wyf i’m Gwlân about Lady Llanofer, written by Mared Roberts, which will be performed at the National Wool Museum, Drefach Felindre, between 17 and 21 September. Pleidiol Wyf i’m Gwlân, performed by Catrin Morgan, tells the story of the traditional Welsh costume and the growth of the woollen industry in Wales.
Pleidiol Wyf i’m Gwlân is one of 5 new shows written especially for the festival, and in addition to Mared Roberts’s play there will be performances of plays by Mirain Alaw Jones, Iestyn Wyn, Lois Llywelyn Williams and Sion Emyr across Wales during September 2018. All the plays tell stories of the Industrial Revolution and bring important and influential characters from Wales’s history back to life: Dic Penderyn, the Copper Ladies, Thomas Telford, and David Davies Llandinam. Information on all performances can be found here.
12 young playwrights have had training to develop their craft and understanding of writing short plays for children in a series of workshops in the company of our Artistic Director, Arwel Gruffydd, and our Associate Director, Sarah Bickerton. We have worked alongside these young playwrights over the past year, providing feedback on their work.
Eleri Twynog, the festival’s organiser, said:
“It’s been a pleasure working alongside so much young talent this year, developing new plays based on topics within Welsh history for the festival. The training project for young writers has been a great success, and I’m grateful to all partners who welcomed the idea with open arms, providing financial and creative support. We have 12 new scripts, all engaging with different aspects of the Industrial Revolution in Wales, and after staging 5 of them this year our aim is to produce the remainder for the 2019/20 festival.”
Arwel Gruffydd, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Artistic Director, said:
“This great project has given Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru an opportunity to get to know young emerging playwrights and develop new writing talent. It has also meant that new playwrights have received professional training and mentorship, as well as seeing their work directed and performed in front of children – the most honest, direct and appreciative audience. Several playwrights have started their professional career in the theatre by writing monologues or plays for children. The high standard of monologues we’ve received is a sign of things to come from these new writers. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing these scripts as performances full of enchantment and excitement, with the stories of some of the Industrial Revolution’s most colourful and influential characters coming to life for young audiences across Wales.”
Around 5,000 children are expected to take part in this year’s festival, and the full timetable is available on the festival’s website.