Our Ar y Dibyn project offers opportunities for people affected by addiction – people living with addiction themselves or supporting someone with an addiction – to come together and share these stories in a creative way.

Over the next year, we’ll offer series of creative workshops to celebrate life’s possibilities, rather than the obstacles of addictions. 

The aim of the workshops is to promote creativity to process our experiences of the world. Each workshop will include short playful tasks to prod our imaginations and release our ideas. We’ll begin to create new written work and develop it within the sessions, supporting each other to move it forwards in our own time.

There are no wrong answers, just a whole world of possibilities.

We hope to develop powerful, brave and ambitious work that comes from the heart, and find ways of sharing the work widely (anonymously or otherwise). Our vision is to create a safe space to freely express ourselves, without judgment, and without having to reveal any details of our personal circumstances. We realise that we all have varied experiences of addiction and each individual’s personal struggles will be respected and kept in a safe environment.

A reading of the work from the original project was held in Galeri Caernarfon in 2019, but due to the current situation, we have found other creative ways of sharing our experiences. You can watch a video of the 2019 reading below.

Qualified health specialists will offer advice at each session as the need arises, and will be available for half an hour at the end of each session for informal discussions, but these are not be mandatory.


Iola Ynyr specialises in creating theatre work and using the arts as a weapon for individual and collective wellbeing; she is an alcoholic in remission. 

Mari Elen Jones is a playwright, theatre-maker, performer and podcaster who feels strongly that the arts should be used as a tool to express individuals' complicated and frustrating feelings.

Mari Gwent is a visual artist who believes strongly in the need to improve individual and collective health and wellbeing through the expressive arts. 



Counsellor Carwyn Jones will be present in each session to offer help, support and care as needed. An informal discussion will take place during the last half hour of each session, but this not mandatory. Carwyn has been in remission for the past 15 years.


This is the fourth series of successful Ar y Dibyn workshops.

"I was filled with fear, and I didn't tell anyone except my husband that I was taking part in the workshops. Fear, shame, nervousness...but by the end I was looking forward to the next session. I didn't understand there was any intention to make a film or a script or anything, I didn't have an "end goal", I just wanted to give myself time and space to heal, to be in a room with similar people, people who understood, and to have the opportunity and the space, in a way, to be myself, in my own language" - Contributor, Ar y Dibyn November - December 2020.


Workshop Details

The second set of workshops will be held between Thursday 16 September and Friday 22 October

We can offer a space for up to 10 individuals in the face-to-face workshops at N.W.R.C (Penrhyn House), Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1PZ and at Pontio Bangor.

Register your interest for the group sessions or we can arrange 1:1 sessions, by emailing Nia on nia.skyrme@theatr.com and we can arrange a 1:1 chat for you with Iola to discuss any questions you may have.

If you have any other issues that may prevent you from participating, get in touch so we can try to overcome them. We want to create a project that is accessible for all with various ways of working to ensure inclusion. No concerns are too big or small for us to discuss.

A partnership between Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Literature Wales and Adra (Housing) and lead artist Iola Ynyr, this is a further development of previous projects presented face to face in Galeri, Caernarfon and online. With support from the North Wales Substance Misuse Area Planning Board, Recovery and Stafell Fyw.

This project has been made possible by support from the Health, Arts, Research, People (HARP) programme, funded by Arts Council of Wales and Y Lab (Cardiff University & Nesta).