This year’s National Eisteddfod opening concert is a brand new show by Meleri Wyn James.
The announcement came as Meleri held a special workshop with year 3 and 4 pupils at Ysgol Henry Richard, Tregaron, to celebrate World Book Day.
Na, Nel! - yn Achub y Byd! (Na, Nel! – Saves the World!) is the title of the family show, premiered in the Eisteddfod Pavilion at Tregaron on Friday evening 31 July. Nel, the little mischievous girl, who has delighted a generation of young readers, is the star of the show.
With the Eisteddfod playing an active role in promoting the environment with campaigns such as #drasticonplastic and #refillnotlandfill, the show will follow the same approach with an environmental message.
Presenting the workshop at Ysgol Henry Richard, Meleri said, “I’ve been taking Nel as a character to the National Eisteddfod for a number of years, and I’m delighted that she and her friends will have the chance to entertain the audience from the Pavilion stage for the first time – everyone knows she’s a mischievous little thing, so I hope we can trust her to behave herself! Expect plenty of fun and mischief, music and singing – and a few exciting surprises – in a show with a strong environmental message.
“As someone who tries to promote reading and writing, I’m delighted that the star of show is a character from an original Welsh book. To celebrate, I will be publishing a new book with Y Lolfa to coincide with this family show. The book includes a brand new story, advice and tips on how children can do their best to save energy, reduce waste, recycle and make a difference for the environment. There’ll be jokes and amusing colour illustrations by artist, John Lund, as Nel and her friends take centre stage once again.”
National Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Betsan Moses, added, “We’re looking forward to staging the premiere of the new Na, Nel! show. Nel and her friends are very popular with children across Wales, and I hope we’ll be able to fill the Pavilion with plenty of Nel’s fans.
“The environment is an important topic for children of all ages, and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to incorporate this into Nel’s latest adventure. I’m looking forward to the show which will definitely appeal to Nel’s fans. We’ve also decided to follow the same pattern as last year, with the concert beginning at 18:00 so that it’s far more accessible for a family audience.”
The show is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
Tickets for Na, Nel! – yn Achub y Byd! and the rest of the National Eisteddfod’s evening shows go on sale at 10:00 on Wednesday 1 April. Full details of all the shows will be announced at the end of the month.
The book, Na, Nel! – yn Achub y Byd! by Meleri Wyn James, will be published by Y Lolfa in time for the Eisteddfod, priced £4.99.
The Ceredigion National Eisteddfod is held in Tregaron from 1-8 August. For more information go to www.eisteddfod.wales.