Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is delighted to announce a year of bold, ambitious and remarkable productions in 2020. This year of productions celebrates mainly new writing in Welsh and includes four national tours. The programme will also include outstanding new works from two of Wales’s leading playwrights, Daf James and Aled Jones Williams.
The year will begin with Pryd Mae’r Haf?, the first co-production between Criw Brwd and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. This is a Welsh adaptation by Gwawr Loader of Christmas Is Miles Away by Chloë Moss, set in the south Wales valleys at the end of the 1980s. The play will be staged at Theatr Soar in Merthyr Tydfil and at The Other Room in Cardiff during February before touring throughout Wales in April and May 2020. Tickets are already on sale.
During March and April, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Theatre will be co-producing the world premiere of Tylwyth, a new play by Daf James directed by Arwel Gruffydd. Ten years on from the trail-blazing and award-winning Llwyth, the same much-loved characters come together again in this witty and compelling new play that casts an irreverent look at love, family and friendship. Tylwyth will open at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff before touring throughout Wales during March and April. Tickets are already on sale.
Once again, as part of its longstanding partnership with the National Eisteddfod, the company will present a series of theatrical presentations at the festival, held this year at Tregaron. Further details to be announced later in the year.
In the autumn, with support from Pontio, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru will present Branwen, a brand new play by one of the champions of Welsh-language theatre, Aled Jones Williams. Directed by Arwel Gruffydd, this is a contemporary adaptation of the Second Branch of the Mabinogi which offers a sharp commentary on the current political climate in an impressive main-stage production. Not since his play Iesu!, staged by the company in 2008, has Aled Jones Williams created work on such a large scale, and Branwen also represents perhaps a different aspect of this prolific playwright’s craft. The play will open at Pontio, Bangor, before touring to venues throughout Wales. Further information about this ambitious production will be available in the near future.
To end the year, Llygoden yr Eira, a charming production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Theatr Iolo, will be returning once again to delight young children throughout Wales. Full of music, puppetry and play, this wintery, magical tale was an amazing success with young audiences and families nationwide in 2019, and the company is delighted once again to be working with Theatr Iolo to offer another opportunity for children across Wales to be enthralled by the story of the little mouse and its friend.
Arwel Gruffydd, the company’s Artistic Director, said:
“This programme represents, to a large extent, the breadth of contemporary Welsh-language Theatre. We are delighted to include in this year’s programme two plays by the current champions of Welsh-language Theatre, Daf James and Aled Jones Williams. Both are masters of their craft, yet as different from each other as regards their style as two playwrights could be. The year will also celebrate theatre sector partnershipssector. We are delighted to be co-producing once again with Sherman Theatre, returning to collaborate with Theatr Iolo, and continuing to develop our flourishing relationships with Pontio and the National Eisteddfod. We are also delighted to support a new theatre company, Criw Brwd, as they present what is only their second full production. And in the wake of the success of our recent tour of Llygoden yr Eira, it will give us great pleasure to end 2020 by providing another opportunity for our youngest audiences to enjoy this magical show.”