With under two months to go before the Conwy County National Eisteddfod, organisers have announced details of the evening shows and performances on the Maes this year.
These includes theatrical shows and comedy evenings, and tickets go on sale at 10:00 on Friday 7 June.
Following last year’s Cardiff Bay experimental festival, when performances were held in alternative and different locations, organisers will be making the most of all the buildings on the Eisteddfod Maes this year, to offer an ambitious and varied programme. Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Betsan Moses, said, “I’m delighted to announce our evening programme around the Maes this year. Evening tickets for the Pavilion are already on sale, and I’m sure today’s programme announcements will appeal to a wide audience.
“Many of these productions are partnerships between the Eisteddfod and a wide range of companies and organisations. We believe that ensuring that people have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate artistic performances is an integral part of our work at the Eisteddfod. And of course, the programme develops and evolves every year, just like the needs and aspirations of our audiences.
“Providing a stage for new and experimental ideas is also part of our vision, and we’ve been working with projects like Cabarela, which has been a great success across Wales for a few year. So, we’re delighted to introduce a brand new stage for shows and performances which are slightly more ‘risque’ than the Pavilion and the Theatre, and the Cabaret Club will throw open its doors at 21:00 every night with a mixture of comedy and theatrical performances.
“We’ve also introduced drama into the Caffi Maes B programme this year, as Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Theatr Clwyd present Bacha, a brand new play by Melangell Dolma about love, friendship and mixed-up emotions, set on the Eisteddfod Maes. The production is supported by the National Eisteddfod and the Wales Millennium Centre.
“There’ll be two productions in the Theatr on the Maes this year. X, the winning play in the Cardiff National Eisteddfod Drama Medal competition by Rhydian Gwyn Lewis is a Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru production in association with the National Eisteddfod, with support from the Gwenlyn Parry Literary Estate and the Hugh Griffith Memorial Fund. And Invertigo Theatre Company and Pontio present Derwen, Mared Llywelyn Williams’ Welsh language adaptation of Tim Crouch’s unique theatrical experience.
“We’re also looking forward to this year’s Mas ar y Maes drama commission. Corn Gwlad is a work-in-progress of a fierce, stirring, hilarious and heart-rending queer recreation of the 1924 Eisteddfod Crowning ceremony, when Prosser Rhys won the Crown for his revolutionary poem about a gay relationship by Elgan Rhys, Gethin Evans and Seiriol Davies. This will be performed in the Cabaret Club.
“Of course, many people will be keen to explore the Maes until late, and this year sees more free events than ever on the Maes in the evening. We’ve already announced the line up on the open air stage, and Tŷ Gwerin also has a programme of evening gigs, which includes Colorama, Steve Eaves and Alun Tan Lan. Details to be announced over the next few weeks.
“So, with less than two months to go, the message is clear – the Conwy County National Eisteddfod looks set to be a week to remember – with a fantastic programme of events and activities, to appeal to people of all ages on a pleasant Maes near Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley.
“Tickets available online from www.eisteddfod.wales or by ringing 0845 4090 800 from 10:00, Friday 7 June, and this is where you can also buy tickets for the Pavilion shows and early bird bargain tickets until the end of June.
“We look forward to welcoming you all to Conwy County from 3-10 August this year.”
CONWY COUNTY NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD EVENTS PERFORMANCES
The Cabaret Club is located in the Literary Pavilion
Clwb Comedi Tudur Owen
Tudur Owen presents Daniel Glyn, Beth Angell, Jams Thomas, Beth Jones & Steffan Evans. The evening is sponsored by Cronfa Gari. Tickets- £6
Sunday - Tuesday, 21:00
Mas ar y Maes presents Corn Gwlad
In the 1924 Eisteddfod, the crown was won for a poem devoted to a “llanc ifanc synhwyrus". The cat was really put among the pigeons when the corn gwlad rang out and... a man stood up. We invite you to a work-in-progress of a fierce, stirring, hilarious and heart-rending queer recreation of that fateful ceremony. What do our rituals tell us about who we are? Who owns our culture? What does the identity we assume for another tell us about ourselves? When the corn gwlad sounds, stand up and be counted. The Gorsedd never looked so fabulous. Production by Elgan Rhys, Gethin Evans and Seiriol Davies. Tickets - £6
Mas ar y Maes presents Cabarela
Following their sold out Christmas tours Cabarela are back and Cabarela Llanrwst promises to be the biggest and boldest yet, with more divas, a tent full of dickheads and a brand new show! Unsuitable for children and narrow minded people. The evening is sponsored by Cronfa Gari. Tickets - £6
Y Pen Dwfn (The Deep End)
The Eisteddfod's most lively panel game ever, throwing poets, singers and celebrities into the verbal and musical waters of all kinds. Although the Robertses, Nia and Arwel Pod will be in the high chairs to keep order, control over the nature of the language cannot be guaranteed! Tickets - £6
Mas ar y Maes presents ‘Steddfod Stifyn
A spoof competition cabaret between Welsh celebrities. Who are they? Come and see. Who are the judges? You! The Eisteddfod will never be the same again. Contains strong language. The evening is sponsored by Cronfa Gari. Tickets - £6
THEATR Y MAES
Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday - Friday, 18:00
A Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru production in association with the National Eisteddfod of Wales, with support from the Gwenlyn Parry Literary Estate and the Hugh Griffith Memorial Fund
X by Rhydian Gwyn Lewis
The year is 2039. Scotland is independent, Ireland has united and Wales is on the brink of a referendum to decide its future. Will the people decide to unite with England to create a new state? Is this the end of Wales? A small group of young people gather in the ruins of the old Grange pub in Cardiff to plot a way of stopping the people from voting. But how far will they go to protect their identity? Can they rouse the Dragon from its slumber?
This is a thrilling new play by Rhydian Gwyn Lewis – winner of the Drama Medal at Cardiff National Eisteddfod 2018, directed by Ffion Dafis. Tickets - £6
Monday - Wednesday, 20:00
Invertigo Theatre Company and Pontio
Derwen by Tim Crouch. Welsh adaptation by Mared Llywelyn Williams
A man loses his daughter to a car. It’s like he’s in a play - but he doesn’t know the words or the moves. The man behing the wheel is a stage hypnotist. Since the accident, his act’s a disaster, he’s lost the power of suggestion.Tonight, for the first time since the accident, these two people meet when the Father volunteers for the Hypnotist’s act. Two actors. Only one has read the script.
Steffan Donnelly plays the Hypnotist, but the Father is a different actor each night, who walks on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in. Derwen (An Oak Tree) is a breath-taking exploration of grief, forgiveness, and the power of suggestion. A unique experience, full of rich theatricality, shocking humour, and gripping story. Following the success of a tour of Wales in 2018, Derwen returns to the Eisteddfod for a limited run of three performances only. Don’t miss your chance to see this award-winning play. Tickets - £6
CAFFI MAES B
Monday - Wednesday, 19:30. Thursday, 12:30
A Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Theatr Clwyd production, supported by the National Eisteddfod of Wales and Wales Millennium Centre
Bachu by Melangell Dolma
Manon bloody loves the Eisteddfod. Always has done. But with her mam, Gwen, calling her constantly, and her ex, Llŷr, out and about on the Maes, how on earth is this going to be the best Eisteddfod ever? A new play about love, friendship and mixed-up emotions; a rom-com set among the tents, the booze and the hangovers.
Originally developed as part of Theatr Clwyd’s Writers in Residence programme, this is a heart-warming play by Melangell Dolma, a member of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s New Playwrights’ Group, directed by Sarah Bickerton. Free performances
Friday 2 August, 18:00, Saturday 3 August, 20:00
Modern musical circus for the whole family by Myrddin ap Dafydd, Gwyneth Glyn & Twm Morys
It's summer, and Jac of the Ropes and a strange clan of acrobats have landed in the meadow. It's May too in the heart of Elen, daughter of the mansion. But clouds are gathering over the young lovers' path, and as light is shed on the legends, dark characters step into the circle...
Y Tylwyth is a wonderful and ambitious production which is sure to appeal to the whole family, and sees the Eisteddfod venture into the world of contemporary circus for the first time, teaming up with Pontio Bangor and Irish Contemporary Circus troupe, Fidget Feet.
Y Tylwyth delves into the world of the Welsh fairies and folk tales from North Wales. The story is a love story but as in any good story the path to true love is never easy.
A chance to gather together to sing our favourite hymns, conducted by Trystan Lewis with Huw Tregelles Williams on the organ. The Cymanfa Choir will be performing excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise on the night.
Aled Hughes presents Tara Bethan, Gildas, Eilir Jones, John Ieuan Jones and Ryan Vaughan Davies, Ceri Haf Roberts, Erin Gwyn Rossington, Sara Davies, Siriol Elin and Ruth Erin Roberts, CoRwst and Côr Bro Cernyw, Côr Canwy and Côr CantiLena, Hogie'r Berfeddwlad, Catrin Angharad Jones, Esyllt Tudur and Dylan Cernyw, and Ilid Llwyd Jones.
Te yn y Grug
This year is sixty years since the publication of Kate Roberts’ iconic collection of short stories, Te yn y Grug. Cefin Roberts, Karen Owen and Al Lewis have created a brand new musical adaptation of the book. The Eisteddfod Choir climbs the Mynydd Grug (Heather Mountain) with Begw, Mair and Winni Ffinni Hadog, and the stories remain as relevant today as they were in 1959.
Gig y Pafiliwn
Huw Stephens presents Diffiniad, Eden, Lleden, and the Welsh Pops Orchestra
Club music and classical instrumentation come together for an unforgettable evening as the Eisteddfod’s now legendary night ‘Gig y Pafiliwn’ pays homage to club and pop culture.
Eisteddfod concert producers have put together an incredible dance party that features the Welsh Pop Orchestra under the baton of Band Pres Llareggub leader Owain Roberts, who will accompany legendary Welsh bands Diffiniad and Eden with party band Lleden as special guests.
Pavilion and all evening performances tickets available from www.eisteddfod.cymru / 0845 4090 800.