Gwlad yr Asyn in 'Steddfod Tregaron

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru thrilled to return to this year's National Eisteddfod

Ari is not your usual donkey; she was raised in a cosy home by a kind old lady. Now living in a donkey sanctuary somewhere in West Wales, she yearns for a life once more among humans. After being bought by a new owner, an unexpected friendship grows between her and an unruly, rebellious donkey, and she suddenly becomes aware of her captivity.

Gwlad yr Asyn was originally presented in summer 2021, as a co-production between Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Os Nad Nawr. Playwright Wyn Mason, co-founder of Os Nad Nawr, hails from Ceredigion and is looking forward to sharing this pleasant production in his home county.

"I’m delighted that the play will finally be staged at the National Eisteddfod in Tregaron: that was the original plan. It's the perfect setting for the story, not far from Aberystwyth, where donkeys provide rides along the beach, and within sight of the Pumlumon hills, where they would like to escape! I'm looking forward to seeing how the staging of the play at Theatr y Maes, an indoor venue, will change the feel of the show, compared to last summer's outdoor performances."

The play is directed by Steffan Donnelly, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru's new Artistic Director. This will be his first production in his new role, and he is looking forward to working once again with actor Gwenllian Higginson (Merched Caerdydd, Macbeth, Enid a Lucy, 35 Diwrnod) and composers and musicians Sam Humphreys and Bethan Rhiannon, from renowned folk band Calan. Steffan said;

'Welcoming audiences back for the first time since the start of the pandemic with Gwlad yr Asyn in 2021 was a thrilling experience. I'm so glad there’s another opportunity to see this play as part of all the activity of the Eisteddfod. Experience a feast of live electro-folk music, an hour of imaginative and humorous allegorical storytelling, and Gwenllian Higginson's magical performance.'

 

*These performances are free with a ticket to the Eisteddfod*

Performance dates

  • 30 Jul 2022
    18:00
    Live performance
    Theatr y maes
  • 01 Aug 2022
    18:00
    Live performance
    Theatr y maes
  • 01 Aug 2022
    18:00
    Live performance
    Theatr y maes
  • 02 Aug 2022
    18:00
    Live performance
    Theatr y maes
  • 03 Aug 2022
    14:00
    Live performance
    Theatr y maes
  • 03 Aug 2022
    18:00
    Live performance
    Theatr y maes
Cast

Ari Gwenllian Higginson

Musicians  Bethan Rhiannon and Sam Humphreys

               

Creative team

Writer: Wyn Mason

Director: Steffan Donnelly

Composers + Sound Designers: Sam Humphreys + Bethan Rhiannon

Set + Costume Designer: Carl Davies

Lighting Designer: Jasmine Williams

Assistant Director: Rhian Blythe

Movement Director: Matthew Gough

Dramaturg: Mary Davies

Sibrwd Author: Chris Harris

Sibrwd Operator: Martha Davies

Voice of Sibrwd: Annes Elwy

Production Manager: Dyfan Rhys

Stage Manager: Lisa Briddon

Deputy Stage Manager: Ffion Rebecca Evans

Technical Stage Manager + Sound Engineer: Dan Jones

Touring Technician: Carwyn Williams

Set Construction: Carl Davies + Laurah Martin

BSL Interpreter: Cathryn McShane

Additional Information

Age guidance: 13+