Details of this year’s Eisteddfod Drama Village programme were announced today (16 May).
Home to Theatr y Maes, Caffi’r Theatrau, Cwt Drama, and Sinemaes, the programme offers a wide range of events and activities, showcasing a wide range of artistic elements across the week.
Comedy plays a prominent role in this year’s Theatr y Maes programme with actor, singer, producer and showbiz raconteur, Stifyn Parri bringing his sell out one man show to the Eisteddfod Maes. From Brookside to Beverly Hills, he's going to be spilling the showbiz beans. Local drama group Theatr Fach Llangefni also reprise their popular production of ‘Romans’ which is sure to appeal whilst the Street Theatre line up features the wonderfully absurd Kitsch ‘n Sync’ who bring their madcap humour to Anglesey for the first time.
Theatr Bara Caws this year celebrate their 40th birthday, and it’s fitting that they’re returning to the Eisteddfod to celebrate. The decision to form the company was made by a group of disgruntled actors at the 1976 Eisteddfod with the company’s very first performance at the 1977 Eisteddfod in Wrexham. Bara Caws regulars return to the fold to perform the farce ‘Dim Byd Ynni’ by Emlyn Gomer, which is sure to appeal to Eisteddfod goers of all ages and will be performed Theatr y Maes from Sunday to Wednesday at 19:00.
There will be a poignant tribute to local acting legend JO Roberts on the Monday in a special celebration of his life and legacy organised by the Roberts family and the Eisteddfod’s drama committee.
Join Leeway Productions for a fun and relaxed showing of brand new ideas for musicals as they bring their successful ‘Ten Minute Musicals’ project to the Eisteddfod for the first time, inspiring creatives to try their hand at writing musicals. For fans of musical theatre this will be a must see: five brand new ten minute musicals - an hour of musical heaven guaranteed…
One of the highlights of last year’s Eisteddfod was the ‘Theatr unnos’ (overnight theatre) and we are delighted that once again Fran Wen will return to perform this piece of exciting and exhilarating theatre. 20 hours to create an original piece of theatre which will be performed live at Theatr y Maes on 13:00 Tuesday, 8 August.
Once again, Theatr y Maes is sponsored by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, and the important relationship betwem the company and the Eisteddfod is further strengthened by their partnership in the Cwt Drama project.
Cwt Drama provides a stage for new work in development by companies and will this year include performances by Dirty Protest and Sherman Cymru whilst people of all ages will get the chance to participate in workshops such as the singing workshop with the WNO. There will also be a chance to enjoy performances and presentations by companies such as Spectacle Theatre, Mair Tomos Ifans, Bwci Bo, Invertigo Theatre to name but a few.
From Monday to Friday at 18:00, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, in partnership with the Eisteddfod, will stage the first production of ‘Estron’ by Hefin Robinson which was the winner of last year’s Drama Medal at the Monmouthshire Eisteddfod. It is a gritty modern production which takes us to the world of Alun a young man dealing with a life changing incident and tries to seek solace from a visitor from another world.
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru will also be working with a host of companies and venues on a programme for Caffi’r Theatrau, also located in the Drama Village.
Sinemaes returns to the Drama Village following its successful launch last year. The project is co-ordinated by BAFTA Cymru, Film Hub Wales, Chapter, BBC Cymru Wales, Into Film, Ffilm Cymru Wales, BFI NET:WORK, The Royal Television Society, Sgrîn Cymru, ITV Cymru Wales, S4C, Welsh National Archive, Creative Industries Unions in Wales, Cwmni Pendraw, TAC, Gorila & Trosol, with the support of the National Eisteddfod and the Arts Council of Wales.
Hannah Raybould from BAFTA Cymru said, “Sinemaes partners are very excited to return to the Maes for the second time this year with a programme celebrating the locality. With archive films celebrating our coast, local filmmakers and feature films with links to north Wales we are confident we have something for everyone. The week offers 45 events and activities, with workshops for young people, premieres as well as Q&A sessions with BAFTA winners. For the first time this year, thanks to Arts Council of Wales funding, we will be streaming events online for those not able to make it to the Eisteddfod and will be co-ordinating four fringe events across the island.”
Sioned Edwards is the organsier of the drama village on behalf of the Eisteddfod and works closely with partners from the Cwt Drama and Sinemaes as well as members of the local Drama committee. Sioned said, “The Drama Village has developed over the last few years into a exciting and dynamic space which is a fitting showcase to the vibrant theatre and film industry in Wales. Theatr y Maes itself is once again sponsored by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and we are grateful to them for their continued support. Our other supporters include Cronfa Gari and the Arts Council of Wales.”
Fflur Thomas on behalf of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru added, “We are delighted once again to work with several companies and individuals to present new, experimental and interesting work. These presentations vary from shows for children and young people, to readings of work which is in development, and workshops. The programme of activity that we have helped to co-ordinate is broad and appealing. It will be great to be a part once again of the buzz and excitement of the Drama Village.”
Tickets for Estron (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) and Dim Byd Ynni (Theatr Bara Caws) available for £5 (plus Maes admission) from www.eisteddfod.wales or by ringing the ticketline on 0845 4090 800.
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held in Bodedern from 4-12 August. Early bird tickets available until 30 June. For more information go online.