This week the award-winning musical Eye of the Storm opened the Welsh leg of its UK tour at a special event sponsored by Western Power Distribution at Swansea Grand Theatre. 

The production opened to great acclaim in Scotland earlier this autumn, scooping 5 star reviews. Created by Welsh theatre company Theatr na nÓg, the narrative focuses on a mother and daughter living on the breadline from a mobile home in Aberdare. A carer for her mother, Emmie finds herself drawn into her passion for physics and extreme weather as a tool to escape her situation, inventing a breakthrough system for extracting renewable energy from artificial tornadoes along the way. 

WPD, the electricity network operator for South Wales, has agreed to sponsor the educational resources to accompany the production. Aimed at audiences aged 8 – 12+ Eye of the Storm offers learning opportunities around the themes of climate change, girls in STEM, extreme weather and electricity, as well as raising awareness of social issues including young carers and mental health.

Theatr na nÓg and WPD are also working together to help raise awareness of the electricity operator’s Priority Services Register. This free service provides extra support to energy customers who may be vulnerable in a power cut situation and find it difficult to cope. This may include people in complex family situations like Emmie’s, or those who are medically dependent on electricity, are elderly or disabled, or have communication needs such as visual or hearing impairments. Others who are temporarily vulnerable, such as hospital leavers or mothers with newborn babies can also join the register. 

It is quick and easy to sign up for extra support from the confidential PSR service by visiting https://www.westernpower.co.uk/customers-and-community/priority-servicesor calling 0800 096 3080. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can speak to the WPD team on the number above using Text Relay by dialling 18001 first using your textphone.

Karen Welch, WPD Corporate Communications Officer, said: “We are delighted to be able to support this production, which highlights some very important messages for our times.”

Following a week of performances in Edinburgh and then Swansea, Eye of the Storm will be touring to Portsmouth, Birmingham, Newport, Bangor and Aberystwyth. Tickets are on sale now, visit eyeofthestormmusical.co.uk.

Image: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan Photography