• Tremolo is a podcast drama produced by Illumine Theatre in partnership with Wales Gene Park and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, supported by the Genetics Society. Written by Cardiff based playwright Lisa Parry, this powerful podcast gives a real insight into the question of whether to have genetic testing and how one family copes with the diagnosis that may be hidden in their genes.

    Lisa Parry said; “Families throughout our communities have to make decisions such as those taken by my main character, teenager ‘Harri’, and his family, and we rarely hear about it. I really hope Tremolo helps families considering genetic testing options and makes understanding these options more accessible to the general public.”

    Aimed at young audiences aged 16+, Tremolo is presented from the perspective of Harri, a caring teenage boy. Like many youngsters who have just completed their final A-Level exams, Harri is excited about the future; inter-railing with his friend before heading off to university to follow his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon. Suddenly, his world is turned upside down when his loving Mam is diagnosed with eFAD – Early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease. Due to genetics, there’s a 50% chance that he and his younger sister Gwenllian could develop the condition too.

“Offering relevant creative content on different platforms is key to Theatr Gen as we move forward. We want to continue developing our offering so that it includes not only live theatre experiences, but also has that wider reach and longer legacy that comes with digital platforms. Tremolo is also a captivating story. With the new curriculum in Wales, it’s a great chance for the expressive arts to connect with science and technology, and teachers can take advantage of a bespoke bilingual and free educational resource created by Theatr Gen and Wales Gene Park to support this podcast drama in the classroom.” Rhian Davies, Executive Producer Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

Tremolo was recorded at Hoot Studios and edited by Rhys Young. The podcast is available to listen and download in Welsh and English on Spotify, iTunes, AM and on our Learning Collection.