• Criw Creu is a national project led by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru with support from Literature Wales and Urdd Gobaith Cymru, for children who have additional learning needs. The aim is to ensure that young people have an opportunity to gain access to the Arts, by creating original work under the guidance of experienced and inspirational artists. 

The project started with a conversation with Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter, the opportunity to meet a need in that school, and sponsorship from Western Power Distribution and Culture Step, through Arts and Business. Later, a national scheme was established in response to increasing demand, and by assessing the interest by means of an open call out. Read the story here

To date, pupils from four secondary schools have taken part in the project, namely Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter; Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor; Life Skills pupils from Ysgol Penweddig, Aberystwyth, and a group from Ysgol Plasmawr, Cardiff. This was the first opportunity for many of the pupils to work with professional artists and performers. With the support of Literature Wales, Casi Wyn – Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Poet Laureate) – came to work with the pupils to create original pieces of poetry. Animation workshops were held with Sioned Medi Evans from the company SMEI, together with drama workshops with Sian Elin from Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru; there was also an opportunity to record music with the Urdd’s fantastic musicians and officers – Marged Gwenllian, Osian Rhys, Caryl Griffiths, Seimon Thomas and Lewys Wyn Jones. 

 

These three videos are the results of the work done by the pupils. 

“It has been an incredible opportunity for our pupils to work on a short film originating from their own ideas. It’s wonderful to watch them, and to see them developing ideas, growing in confidence, and working together through the medium of Welsh in every session. They are all enjoying themselves and ask me every day when the next session will be.”  Stephanie Williams, Ysgol Plasmawr, Cardiff. 

 

“Our pupils are very eager to take part in the scheme, as the activities have been created specifically for them, and that is indeed a special opportunity.”  Angharad Evans, Ysgol Penweddig, Aberystwyth. 

If you are a school or a parent, and you’re interested in being a part of the Criw Creu project 2023,  we would like you to send us a written piece, a video presentation or a voice recording, explaining why you wish to take part in the scheme. 

For more details: Criw Creu 2023

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