Theatre in Wales

Welcome to the only comprehensive welsh theatre and performance web site

 

News Headlines

- NATIONAL THEATRE WALES A ROYAL COURT THEATRE ON BEAR RIDGE
- YMARFERION AR Y GWEILL GYDAG ACTORION IFANC OLIVER! REHEARSALS UNDERWAY WITH THE YOUNG ACTORS OF OLIVER!
- MORE THAN 30 SHOWS PACKED INTO WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE’S AUTUMN 2019 PERFORMANCES FOR THE CURIOUS SEASON
- Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth yn cyhoeddi Gwobr Ian McKellen Aberystwyth Arts Centre announces Ian McKellen Award
- Griff Rhys Jones: All Over The Place
- OPENING TUESDAY 16TH JULY 2019 AT THE NEW THEATRE CARDIFF

Latest Reviews

- Hatis Noit, Oliver Coates & Chrysta Bell
- Whyte Horses, These New Puritans & Chrysta Bell
- Douglas Dare, Anna Calvi & Chrysta Bell
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Arts Policy Report
- The Planets - Gustav Holst
- Theatre Critic Book
- A Night at the Musicals
- Cardiff Snger of the World 2019
- Cardiff Singer of the World 2019

Latest jobs and other adverts

Want to advertise here? Contact adverts@theatre-wales.co.uk for more details

banner advert for New Welsh Review - the best of welsh writing in English

NATIONAL THEATRE WALES A ROYAL COURT THEATRE ON BEAR RIDGE

news imageY LLUNIAU CYHOEDDUSRWYDD CYNTAF O'R DDRAMA ON BEAR RIDGE WEDI'U RHYDDHAU HEDDIW. AR GAEL I'W LAWRLWYTHO YMA

CYFARWYDDWYD GAN VICKY FEATHERSTONE AC ED THOMAS. Y CAST YW RAKIE AYOLA, JASON HUGHES, RHYS IFANS A SION DANIEL YOUNG

BYDD GOSODWAITH SAFLE-BENODOL A PHROFIAD REALAETH RITHIWR YN ATEGU PERFFORMIADAU O'R DDRAMA

BYDD ON BEAR RIDGE I'W GWELD YN THEATR Y SHERMAN, CAERDYDD RHWNG 20 MEDI - 5 HYDREF 2019, AC YNA YN Y ROYAL COURT THEATRE, LLUNDAIN RHWNG 24 HYDREF - 23 TACHWEDD 2019
Rhyddhawyd y delweddau cyntaf o gynhyrchiad National Theatre Wales a Royal Court Theatre o On Bear Ridge heddiw. Maent ar gael i'w lawrlwytho yma.

Mae National Theatre Wales a Royal Court Theatre heddiw hefyd wedi cyheoddi y bydd gosodwaith safle-benodol yn cael ei greu yng Nghwm Tawe uchaf gan ddod â byd y ddrama newydd yn fyw. Bydd cynulleidfaoedd yn Theatr Sherman Caerdydd a'r Royal Court Llundain hefyd yn gallu profi hyn drwy ffilm realaeth rithwir a fydd ar gael i'w gwylio yn y ddwy theatr gan wneud tirwedd On Bear Ridge yn hygyrch yng nghanol y dinasoedd prysur hyn.

Wedi'i ysgrifennu gan Ed Thomas (Hinterland/Y Gwyll BBC/S4C/Netflix) mae On Bear Ridge yn stori lled-hunangofiannol am y lleoedd yr ydym yn eu gadael ar ôl, y marciau annileadwy y maent yn eu gwneud arnom ni, a'r atgofion annibynadwy yr ydym yn dal ein gafael ynddynt. Bydd yn cael ei gyd-gyfarwyddo gan Gyfarwyddwr artistig y Royal Court Vicky Featherstone ac Ed Thomas. Y cast yw Rakie Ayola (Strange Fruit, Bush Theatre), Jason Hughes (Violence and Son, Royal Court), Rhys Ifans (Exit the King, National Theatre) a Sion Daniel Young (Mametz, NTW a Jellyfish, NT).

Mae NTW a'r Royal Court Theatre yn gweithio gydag Ed Thomas a thîm creadigol On Bear Ridge i greu'r gosodweithiau awyr agored, safle-benodol a fydd yn cyd-fynd ag agor y ddrama yng Nghaerdydd. Bydd y gosodweithiau yn cael eu hadeiladu ar Benwyllt yng Nghwm Tawe uchaf, yn agos at gartref plentyndod Thomas. Gellir eu gweld yn bersonol drwy ymweld â'r safle yng Nghymru neu drwy brofiad RR a grëwyd mewn cydweithrediad â'r cwmni cynhyrchu Ffilm a RR Cuckoo Nest.

Bydd y gosodweithiau yn bodoli dros dro yn y dirwedd fel olion darniog o'r hyn oedd unwaith yno - casgliad o bethau coll, synau ac atgofion aeth yn angof, yn suddo'n araf yn ôl i'r ddaear a'r graig. Bydd y gosodwaith yn cynnig cyfle i ymwelwyr gael cipolwg ar fyd sydd wedi diflannu, gan eu galluogi i wrando'n ddigidol wrth ddrws a chlywed lleisiau'n sibrwd, hanner gwirioneddau a straeon anorffenedig o ffordd o fyw sydd nawr wedi'i thawelu. Stori na chafodd ei hadrodd erioed. Gweithred o gofio'r anghofiadwy.

"Un funud roedd gennym gwsmeriaid, y funud nesaf doedd neb yma."

Mewn pentref coll, lle aneglur ers ail-lunio'r ffiniau, yn cuddio o dan briwsionyn ar y map, mae Bear Ridge Stores yn dal i sefyll.

Ar ôl can mlynedd, mae'r cigydd a'r siop groser deuluol - lle ar gyfer manion bywyd, nwyddau gwaharddedig, a'r pwmp petrol olaf am 30 milltir - yn awr yn ddistaw.

Ond nid yw'r perchnogion John Daniel a Noni yn mynd i unman.

Maent yn yfed yr hyn sydd ar ôl o'r whisgi yn herfeiddiol ac yn cofio dyddiau da, pan oedd pawb ar yr un ochr a'r hen iaith yn disgleirio.

Y tu allan yn y tywyllwch, mae ffigur yn symud tuag atynt.

Caiff On Bear Ridge ei gyfarwyddo gan Vicky Featherstone ac Ed Thomas, ei ddylunio gan Cai Dyfan,ei gyfansoddi gan Gerddoriaeth John Hardy gyda dyluniad sain gan Mike Beer a dyluniad golau gan Elliott Griggs. Edie Morris yw'r Dylunydd Cynorthwyol ac Izzy Rabey yw'r Cyfarwyddwr sy'n dod i'r Amlwg.

Bydd On Bear Ridge i'w gweld yn Theatr y Sherman yng Nghaerdydd (20 Medi - 5 Hydref) ac yna'r Royal Court yn Llundain (24 Hydref – 23Tachwedd).

-DIWEDD-

Am ragor o wybodaeth, cysylltwch â Nia Jones, Swyddfa Wasg National Theatre Wales niajones@nationaltheatrewales.org / 07540 686 725

PERFFORMIADAU

National Theatre Wales a Royal Court Theatre
ON BEAR RIDGE
gan Ed Thomas
Cyfarwyddwyr Vicky Featherstone ac Ed Thomas
Dylunydd Cai Dyfan
Cyfansoddwr John Hardy
Dylunydd Sain Mike Beer

Gosodweithiau On Bear Ridge:

Bydd y gosodweithiau hyn yn rhad ac am ddim i'w profi i unrhyw un sy'n ymweld â Phenwyllt rhwng 30 Awst a 13 Hydref.

Mae'r gosodweithiau yn yr awyr agored ar safle heb staff, yn agored i'r tywydd a bydd yn cymryd tua 30 munud i'w harchwilio. Mae trac amlgyfrwng byr yn cyd-fynd â phob gosodwaith, a gall cynulleidfaoedd gael mynediad iddo drwy god QR. Gellir dod o hyd i ragor o wybodaeth am sut i archwilio'r safle, a chael mynediad i'r traciau, yn nationaltheatrewales.org.

Bydd y safle ar gau rhwng 9-11 Medi at ddibenion ffilmio.

Cyfeiriad y Gosodwaith: Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, Gwarchodfa Natur Genedlaethol, 1-10 Powell St, Abertawe, SA9 1GQ.

Gall y cynulleidfaoedd sy'n mynd i weld On Bear Ridge yng Nghaerdydd brofi'r RR rhwng 3-5 Hydref 2019 yn Theatr y Sherman.

Gall cynulleidfaoedd sy'n mynd i weld On Bear Ridge yn Llundain brofi'r RR ar gyfer cyfnod cyfan y perfformiadau (24 Hydref – 23 Tachwedd 2019) yn y Royal Court Theatre.

On Bear Ridge y ddrama:

Theatr Sherman, Ffordd Senghennydd, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF24 4YE
Perfformiad Cyntaf: 20 Medi 2019.
Perfformiad Olaf: 5 Hydref 2019
Noson Agoriadol: 24 Medi am 7pm.
Llun – Sadwrn 7.30 pm, matinees ar ddydd Iau 3 Hydref a dydd Sadwrn 5 Hydref am 2pm
https://www.shermantheatre.co.uk/performance/theatre/on-bear-ridge/
Hyd y sioe: i'w gadarnhau
Oedran: 14+

029 2064 6900

Tocynnau Safonol £20
Rhagddangosiadau: £15 ar 20, 21 a 23 Medi
Gostyngiadau: £18
Hanner pris dan 25oed

Sain ddisgrifiad, taith gyffwrdd a BSL: Dydd Gwener 4 Hydref 7.30pm a dydd Sadwrn 5 Hydref 2pm
Dydd Llun 30 Medi - Dydd Sadwrn 5 Hydref - yr holl berfformiadau â chapsiynau ar iPads a ddarperir gan National Theatre Wales.
Sgyrsiau ar ôl y sioe ddydd Iau 26ain Medi, a matinee ddydd Iau 3ydd Hydref.

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Perfformiad Cyntaf: 24 Hydref
Perfformiad Olaf: 23 Tachwedd
Noson Agoriadol: 28 Hydref am 7pm

Dydd Llun – dydd Sadwrn 7.30pm, matinees dydd Iau a dydd Sadwrn 2.30pm

https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/onbearridge/

020 7565 5000

Perfformiadau â Chapsiynau: Dydd Mercher 6, 13 ac 20 Tachwedd, dydd Gwener 22 Tachwedd 2019
Matinee â Sain ddisgrifiad: Dydd Sadwrn 23 Tachwedd 2019, 2.30pm. Taith gyffwrdd am 1pm
Perfformiad amgylchedd hamddenol: Dydd Sadwrn 16 Tachwedd 2019, 2:30pm
The Big Idea: Yn sgwrsio gydag Ed Thomas a Vicky Featherstone dydd Mawrth 5 Tachwedd ar ôl y sioe

Tocynnau Safonol £12-£49 (dydd Llun pob sedd yn £12 ar gael o 9am ar-lein ar ddiwrnod y perfformiad)
Gostyngiadau* £5 oddi ar seddi band A-C ar gyfer rhagddangosiadau a matinees
Dan 26 oed
Mynediad £15 (ynghyd â chydymaith ar yr un gyfradd)
*Angen ID. Pob gostyngiad yn amodol ar argaeledd.

Tocynnau Young Court Friends Mae Young Court Friends yn gynllun aelodaeth am ddim i'r rhai dan 26. Rydym yn cynnig nifer cyfyngedig o docynnau a, £15 ar gyfer yr holl berfformiadau i Young Court Friends, yn ogystal â mynediad ymlaen llaw i ddydd Llun £12 yn Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.


BYWGRAFFIADAU

RAKIE AYOLA

Ar gyfer y Royal Court: Breath, Boom, Ashes and Sand.
Mae ei gwaith theatr arall yn cynnwys: Strange Fruit, The Rest of Your Life (Bush); The Half God of Rainfall, King Hedley II (Kiln); Leave to Remain (Lyric, Hammersmith); Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (West End); King Lear (Royal Exchange, Manceinion); 4.48 Psychosis, Crave (Crucible, Sheffield); The Winter's Tale (RSC/taith DU); In The Next Room (Theatre Royal, Caerfaddon); Welcome to Thebes (National); Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic); Dido Queen Of Carthage (Globe); Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Birmingham Rep/taith DU); Up ‘N Under, The Merchant of Venice (Sherman).
Mae ei gwaith teledu yn cynnwys: Noughts & Crosses, Shetland, No Offence, Vera, Midsomer Murders, Under Milk Wood, Stella, Silent Witness, My Almost Famous Family, Doctor Who: Midnight, Holby City, Sea Of Souls, Canterbury Tales, Being April.
Mae ei gwaith ffilm yn cynnwys: Been So Long, King Lear, Dredd, Now is Good, Sahara, The I Inside, The Secret Laughter of Women, Great Moments in Aviation aka Shades of Fear.
Fel Cynhyrchydd Gweithredol, mae ei gwaith ffilm yn cynnwys: Twelfth Night [Shanty Productions].
Mae ei gwaith radio yn cynnwys: Dr Who: Time War II, Reading from Happiness, Foursome, Three Strong Women, Death & the King’s Horseman, The Devil's Music, The Erl King, The Bloody Chamber, Torchwood.
Mae Rakie yn un o noddwyr Childhood Tumour Trust ac Eclipse Theatre ac yn ymddiriedolwr Actor’s Children Trust.

JASON HUGHES

Ar gyfer y Royal Court: Violence & Son, 4:48 Psychosis, A Real Classy Affair.
Mae ei gaith theatr arall yn cynnwys: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, In Flame (West End); Our Country’s Good, Look Back in Anger (National); Way Upstream (Chichester Festival); In the Next Room/The Vibrator Play (St James); Design for Living, The Fight for Barbara (Theatre Royal, Caerfaddon); Caligula, Badfinger (Donmar); Kiss Me Like You Mean It (Soho); The Herbal Bed (RSC/Taith); Snake in the Grass (Old Vic); The Illusion (Royal Exchange, Manceinion); Nothing to Pay (Thin Language); Macbeth (Theatr Clwyd).
Mae ei waith teledu yn cynnwys: Marcella, Three Girls, Death in Paradise VI, Archer, Midsomer Murders, Pornography, This Life – 10 Years On, Mine All Mine, Waking the Dead, Casualty, Plane Jane, The Harry Enfield Show: Yule Log Chums, The Fint Street Nativity, This Life, King Girl, Strangers in the Night.
Mae ei waith ffilm yn cynnwys: Crow, For N(o)ne, Dead Long Enough, Dirty Bomb, Phoenix Blue, Killing Me Softly, Shooters, House!, We Are Kings.

RHYS IFANS

Ar gyfer y Royal Court: Thyesters.
Mae ei waith theatr arall yn cynnwys: Exit the King, Protest Song, Volpone, Under Milk Wood (National); A Christmas Carol a King Lear (Old Vic); Don Juan in Soho, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Badfinger (Donmar); Beautiful Thing (West End); Smoke, Poison Pen (Royal Exchange, Manceinion).
Mae ei waith teledu yn cynnwys: Berlin Station, Not Only But Always, Shakespeare Shorts, Trial & Retribution, The Two Franks, Judas & the Gimp, Night Shift, Spatz, Burning Love, Review, Gifted.
Mae ei waith ffilm yn cynnwys: The Parting Glass, Snowden, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Notting Hill, Dominion, Len & Company, Under Milk Wood, The Five Year Engagement, Serena, Another Me, The Amazing Spiderman, Anonymous, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Greenberg, The Boat that Rocked, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Hannibal Rising, Once Upon A Time in the Midlands, Human Nature, Hotel, The Shipping News, The Replacements.
Mae ei wobrau yn cynnwys: BAFTA ar gyfer yr Actor Gorau(Not Only But Always).


SION DANIEL YOUNG

Ar gyfer y Royal Court: Killology.
Mae ei waith theatr yn cynnwysThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse (& West End), Jellyfish (National); Nightfall (Bridge); Mametz, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, (National Theatre Wales); The Welsh Boy (Theatre Royal, Caerfaddon); Llwyth (Sherman).
Mae ei waith teledu yn cynnwys: Doc Martin, The Left Behind, Commoners, Hinterland, Our World War, Casualty, Tissues & Issues, Gwaith Cartref.
Mae ei waith ffilm yncynnwys:Stump [short], Another Me, Private Peaceful, Daisy Chain.
Mae ei waith radio yn cynnwysBisgits a Balaclafas, Hoshiko, Inside Information.


VICKY FEATHERSTONE

Ar gyfer y Royal Court: The Cane, Gundog, My Mum’s a Twat, Cyprus Avenue (& Abbey, Dublin/Public, NYC), Bad Roads, Victory Condition, X, How to Hold Your Breath, God Bless the Child, Maidan: Voices from the Uprising, The Mistress Contract, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas; Untitled Matriarch Play, The President Has Come to See You (Open Court Weekly Rep).
Mae ei gwaith theatr arall yn cynnwys: What if Women Ruled the World? (Gŵyl Ryngwladol Manceinion); Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (& National/West End/taith ryngwladol), Enquirer [cyd-gyfarwyddwr], An Appointment with the Wicker Man, 27, The Wheel, Somersaults, Wall of Death: A Way of Life [cyd-gyfarwyddwr], The Miracle Man, Empty, Long Gone Lonesome (National Theatre of Scotland); Cockroach (National Theatre of Scotland/Traverse); 365 (National Theatre of Scotland/Gŵyl Ryngwladol Caeredin); Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland/Citizens/Royal Lyceum, Caeredin); The Wolves in the Walls [cyd-gyfarwyddwr] (National Theatre of Scotland/Tramway/Lyric, Hammersmith/taith DU/New Victory, NYC); The Small Things, Pyrenees, On Blindness, The Drowned World, Tiny Dynamite, Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco, Splendour, Riddance, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, Crave (Paines Plough).
Mae ei gwaith teledu yn cynnwys: Pritilata (o Snatches: Moments from 100 Years of Women’s Lives), Where the Heart Is, Silent Witness.

ED THOMAS

Ar gyfer y Royal Court: Song from a Forgotten City, Gas Station Angel.
Ar gyfer National Theatre Wales: Mother Courage & Her Children.
Mae ei waith theatr arall yn cynnwys: House of America, Flowers of the Dead Red Sea, East from the Gantry (Tramway Glasgow / taith ryngwladol); Stone City Blue (Theatre Clwyd).
Mae ei waith teledu yn cynnwys: Satellite City, A Mind To Kill, Caerdydd, Pen Talar, Cwmgiedd/Colombia, China, Hinterland/Y Gwyll.
Mae ei waith ffilm yn cynnwys: House of America, Silent Village, Dal Yma:Nawr.
Ed yw Cyfarwyddwr Creadigol a Sylfaenydd y cwmni teledu a ffilm annibynnol Fiction Factory.

CUCKOO NEST

Mae Cuckoo Nest yn gwmni cynhyrchu ffilm, teledu a RR sy'n canolbwyntio ar gyd-gynyrchiadau rhyngwladol â chynnwys o ansawdd. Rydym yn cefnogi lleisiau newydd drwy gydweithio gyda gwneuthurwyr ffilmiau cyllideb micro yn ogystal â chyfrannu at ddatblygu ffilmiau byrion addawol. Ar hyn o bryd mae gennym gyfres rwydwaith fawr yn cael ei chynhyrchu, manylion i'w rhyddhau yn y misoedd i ddod.

NATIONAL THEATRE WALES

Mae National Theatre Wales wedi bod yn gwneud cynyrchiadau Saesneg mewn lleoliadau ledled Cymru, y DU, yn rhyngwladol ac ar-lein ers mis Mawrth 2010. Mae’n gweithredu o leoliad bach yng nghanol dinas Caerdydd, ond mae’n gweithio ar draws y wlad a thu hwnt, gan ddefnyddio tirlun cyfoethog ac amrywiol Cymru, ei threfi, ei dinasoedd a’i phentrefi, ei straeon anhygoel a’i thalent gyfoethog yn ysbrydoliaeth. Mae Llywodraeth Cymru a Chyngor Celfyddydau Cymru yn cefnogi National Theatre Wales.

ROYAL COURT THEATRE

Y Royal Court Theatre yw theatr yr awduron. Mae'n rym blaenllaw mewn theatr y byd ar gyfer meithrin awduron yn weithredol - rhai anhysbys, rhai sy'n dod i'r amlwg a rhai sefydledig.

Trwy'r awduron, mae'r Royal Court ar flaen y gad o ran creu theatr aflonydd, effro, pryfoclyd ynglŷn â nawr. Rydym yn agor ein drysau i'r lleisiau nas clywyd a'r meddylwyr rhydd sydd, drwy eu hysgrifennu, yn newid ein ffordd o weld.

Mae dros 120,000 o bobl yn ymweld â'r Royal Court yn Sloane Square, Llundain, bob blwyddyn ac mae miloedd yn rhagor yn gweld ein gwaith mewn mannau eraill drwy berfformiadau yn y West End ac Efrog Newydd, teithiau yn y DU ac yn rhyngwladol, llwyfannau digidol, ein cyfnodau preswyl ar draws Llundain, a'n gwaith safle-benodol. Drwy ein holl waith rydym yn ymdrechu i ysbrydoli cynulleidfaoedd a dylanwadu ar awduron y dyfodol gyda syniadau radical a thrafodaeth herfeiddiol.

Mae gweithgarwch datblygu helaeth y Royal Court yn cwmpasu amrywiaeth eang o awduron ac artistiaid ac yn cynnwys rhaglen barhaus o ymlyniadau awduron, darlleniadau, gweithdai a grwpiau ysgrifennu dramâu. Mae ugain mlynedd o waith arloesol yr Adran Ryngwladol ledled y byd yn golygu bod gan y Royal Court berthynas gydag awduron ar bob cyfandir.

Yn ystod y trigain mlynedd diwethaf, dechreuodd John Osborne, Samuel Beckett, Arnold Wesker, Ann Jellicoe, Howard Brenton, David Hare a llawer rhagor eu gyrfaoedd yn y Court.

Mae llawer o bobl eraill, yn cynnwys Caryl Churchill, Athol Fugard, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, debbie tucker green, Sarah Kane – ac, yn fwy diweddar, Lucy Kirkwood, Nick Payne, Penelope Skinner ac Alistair McDowall – wedi dilyn.

Mae'r Royal Court wedi cynhyrchu llawer o ddramâu eiconig o megis The Children gan Lucy Kirkwood i waith Jez Butterworth, Jerusalem a Hangmen gan Martin McDonagh.

Mae dramâu'r Royal Court o bob degawd bellach yn cael eu perfformio ar lwyfannau a'u haddysgu mewn dosbarthiadau a phrifysgolion ledled y byd.

Oherwydd yr ymrwymiad hwn i'r awdur, credwn nad oes unrhyw theatr yn y byd yn fwy pwysig na'r Royal Court.


NATIONAL THEATRE WALES AND ROYAL COURT THEATRE
ON BEAR RIDGE

● FIRST PUBLICITY IMAGES OF THE PLAY ON BEAR RIDGE RELEASED TODAY. AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD HERE

● DIRECTED BY VICKY FEATHERSTONE AND ED THOMAS. THE CAST IS RAKIE AYOLA, JASON HUGHES, RHYS IFANS AND SION DANIEL YOUNG

● A SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION AND VR EXPERIENCE WILL COMPLIMENT PERFORMANCES OF THE PLAY

● ON BEAR RIDGE RUNS AT THE SHERMAN THEATRE, CARDIFF FROM 2o SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER 2019. FOLLOWED BY THE ROYAL COURT THEATRE, LONDON FROM 24 OCTOBER - 23 NOVEMBER 2019

The first images from National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre’s production of On Bear Ridge have been released today. They are available to download here.

National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre have today also announced that a site-specific installation will be created in the upper Swansea Valley bringing to life the world of the new play. Audiences at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff and the Royal Court London will also be able to experience this through a VR film that will be available to watch at both theatres making the landscape of On Bear Ridge accessible in the centre of these busy cities.

Written by Ed Thomas (Hinterland/Y Gwyll BBC/S4C/Netflix) On Bear Ridge is a semi-autobiographical story about the places we leave behind, the indelible marks they make on us, and the unreliable memories we hold onto. It will be co-directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Ed Thomas. The cast is Rakie Ayola (Strange Fruit, Bush Theatre), Jason Hughes (Violence and Son, Royal Court), Rhys Ifans (Exit the King, National Theatre) and Sion Daniel Young (Mametz, NTW and Jellyfish, NT).

NTW and the Royal Court Theatre are working with Ed Thomas and the On Bear Ridge creative team to create the outdoor, site-specific installations that will coincide with the opening of the play in Cardiff. The installations will be constructed on Penwyllt in the upper Swansea Valley, close to Thomas’ childhood home. They can be experienced in person by visiting the site in Wales or through a VR experience created in collaboration with Film and VR production company Cuckoo Nest.

The installations will temporarily exist in the landscape as fragmented remains of what was once there - a collection of lost things, half-forgotten sounds and memories, slowly sinking back into earth and rock. They will offer visitors glimpses of a vanished world, allowing them to digitally listen at a door and hear whispered voices, half-truths and unfinished stories from a way of life grown silent. A story that was never told. An act of remembering the forgotten.
“One minute we had customers, the next minute there was no-one.”

In a lost village, blurred by redrawn borders, hidden under a crumb on the map, Bear Ridge Stores still stands.

After a hundred years, the family butchers and grocers – a place for odds and ends, contraband goods, and the last petrol pump for 30 miles – is now silent.

But owners John Daniel and Noni are not leaving.

They are defiantly drinking the remaining whiskey and remembering good times, when everyone was on the same side and the old language shone.

Outside in the dark, a figure is making their way towards them.

On Bear Ridge will be directed by Vicky Featherstone and Ed Thomas, designed by Cai Dyfan, composed by John Hardy Music with sound design by Mike Beer and lighting design by Elliott Griggs. Edie Morris is Assistant Designer and Izzy Rabey is Emerging Director.

On Bear Ridge will run at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff (20 September – 5 October) followed by the Royal Court in London (24 October – 23 November).

ENDS

For further information, or to request an image or interview, please contact Nia Llewelyn Jones, Press & PR Manager (interim) for National Theatre Wales on 07540 686 725 / niajones@nationaltheatrewales.org

LISTINGS

National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre
ON BEAR RIDGE
by Ed Thomas
Directors Vicky Featherstone and Ed Thomas
Designer Cai Dyfan
Composer John Hardy
Sound Designer Mike Beer

On Bear Ridge installations:
These installations will be free to experience to anyone visiting Penwyllt between 30 August and 13 October 2019. The installations are outdoors on an unmanned site, open to the elements and will take approximately 30 minutes explore. Each installation is accompanied by a short multimedia track, which audiences can access via a QR code. More information on how to explore the site, and access the tracks, can be found at nationaltheatrewales.org.

The site will be closed from 9-11 September for filming purposes.

Installation Address: Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, National Nature Reserve, 1-10 Powell St, Swansea, SA9 1GQ.
Audiences attending On Bear Ridge in Cardiff can experience the VR from 3 - 5 October 2019 at Sherman Theatre.

Audiences attending On Bear Ridge in London can experience the VR for the duration of the run (24 October – 23 November 2019) at the Royal Court Theatre.

On Bear Ridge the play:
Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4YE
First Performance: 20 September 2019
Final Performance: 5 October 2019
Opening Night: 24 September at 7pm
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, matinees on Thursday 3 October and Saturday 5 October at 2pm
https://www.shermantheatre.co.uk/performance/theatre/on-bear-ridge/
Running Time: TBC
Age: 14+
029 2064 6900

Standard Tickets £20
Previews: £15 on 20, 21 and 23 September
Concessions: £18
Under 25s Half Price

Audio Described, Touch Tour and BSL: Friday 4 October 7.30pm and Saturday 5 October 2pm
Monday 30 September - Saturday 5 October – All performances Captioned on iPads provided by National Theatre Wales.
Post show talks Thursday 26th September, and matinee of Thursday 3rd October.

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
First Performance: 24 October
Final Performance: 23 November
Opening Night: 28 October at 7pm

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm
https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/onbearridge/
020 7565 5000

Captioned Performances: Wednesday 6, 13 & 20 November, Friday 22 November 2019
Audio Described Matinee: Saturday 23 November 2019, 2.30pm. Touch tour at 1pm
Relaxed Environment Performance: Saturday 16 November 2019, 2:30pm
The Big Idea: In Conversation with Ed Thomas and Vicky Featherstone Tuesday 5 November post-show

Standard Tickets £12-£49 (Mondays all seats £12 available from 9am online on the day of performance)
Concessions* £5 off Band A - C seats for previews and matinees
Under 26s
Access £15 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.

Young Court Friends Tickets Young Court Friends is a free membership scheme for Under 26s. We offer a limited number of £15 tickets for all performances to Young Court Friends, as well as advance access to £12 Mondays in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.

NOTES TO EDITORS

BIOGRAPHIES
RAKIE AYOLA
For the Royal Court: Breath, Boom, Ashes and Sand.
Other theatre includes: Strange Fruit, The Rest of Your Life (Bush); The Half God of Rainfall, King Hedley II (Kiln); Leave to Remain (Lyric, Hammersmith); Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (West End); King Lear (Royal Exchange, Manchester); 4.48 Psychosis, Crave (Crucible, Sheffield); The Winter's Tale (RSC/UK tour); In The Next Room (Theatre Royal, Bath); Welcome to Thebes (National); Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic); Dido Queen Of Carthage (Globe); Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Birmingham Rep/UK tour); Up ‘N Under, The Merchant of Venice (Sherman).
Television includes: Noughts & Crosses, Shetland, No Offence, Vera, Midsomer Murders, Under Milk Wood, Stella, Silent Witness, My Almost Famous Family, Doctor Who: Midnight, Holby City, Sea Of Souls, Canterbury Tales, Being April.
Film includes: Been So Long, King Lear, Dredd, Now is Good, Sahara, The I Inside, The Secret Laughter of Women, Great Moments in Aviation aka Shades of Fear.
As Executive Producer, film includes: Twelfth Night [Shanty Productions].
Radio includes: Dr Who: Time War II, Reading from Happiness, Foursome, Three Strong Women, Death & the King’s Horseman, The Devil's Music, The Erl King, The Bloody Chamber, Torchwood.
Rakie is a patron of Childhood Tumour Trust and Eclipse Theatre and is a trustee of Actor’s Children Trust.

JASON HUGHES
For the Royal Court: Violence & Son, 4:48 Psychosis, A Real Classy Affair.
Other theatre includes: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, In Flame (West End); Our Country’s Good, Look Back in Anger (National); Way Upstream (Chichester Festival); In the Next Room/The Vibrator Play (St James); Design for Living, The Fight for Barbara (Theatre Royal, Bath); Caligula, Badfinger (Donmar); Kiss Me Like You Mean It (Soho); The Herbal Bed (RSC/Tour); Snake in the Grass (Old Vic); The Illusion (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Nothing to Pay (Thin Language); Macbeth (Theatr Clwyd).
Television includes: Marcella, Three Girls, Death in Paradise VI, Archer, Midsomer Murders, Pornography, This Life – 10 Years On, Mine All Mine, Waking the Dead, Casualty, Plane Jane, The Harry Enfield Show: Yule Log Chums, The Fint Street Nativity, This Life, King Girl, Strangers in the Night.
Film includes: Crow, For N(o)ne, Dead Long Enough, Dirty Bomb, Phoenix Blue, Killing Me Softly, Shooters, House!, We Are Kings.

RHYS IFANS
For the Royal Court: Thyesters.
Other theatre includes: Exit the King, Protest Song, Volpone, Under Milk Wood (National); A Christmas Carol and King Lear (Old Vic); Don Juan in Soho, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Badfinger (Donmar); Beautiful Thing (West End); Smoke, Poison Pen (Royal Exchange, Manchester).
Television includes: Berlin Station, Not Only But Always, Shakespeare Shorts, Trial & Retribution, The Two Franks, Judas & the Gimp, Night Shift, Spatz, Burning Love, Review, Gifted.
Film includes: The Parting Glass, Snowden, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Notting Hill, Dominion, Len & Company, Under Milk Wood, The Five Year Engagement, Serena, Another Me, The Amazing Spiderman, Anonymous, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Greenberg, The Boat that Rocked, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Hannibal Rising, Once Upon A Time in the Midlands, Human Nature, Hotel, The Shipping News, The Replacements.
Awards include: BAFTA for Best Actor (Not Only But Always).

SION DANIEL YOUNG
For the Royal Court: Killology.
Theatre includes: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse (& West End), Jellyfish (National); Nightfall (Bridge); Mametz, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, (National Theatre Wales); The Welsh Boy (Theatre Royal, Bath); Llwyth (Sherman).
Television includes: Doc Martin, The Left Behind, Commoners, Hinterland, Our World War, Casualty, Tissues & Issues, Gwaith Cartref.
Film includes: Stump [short], Another Me, Private Peaceful, Daisy Chain.
Radio includes: Bisgits a Balaclafas, Hoshiko, Inside Information.

VICKY FEATHERSTONE
For the Royal Court: The Cane, Gundog, My Mum’s a Twat, Cyprus Avenue (& Abbey, Dublin/Public, NYC), Bad Roads, Victory Condition, X, How to Hold Your Breath, God Bless the Child, Maidan: Voices from the Uprising, The Mistress Contract, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas; Untitled Matriarch Play, The President Has Come to See You (Open Court Weekly Rep).
Other theatre includes: What if Women Ruled the World? (Manchester International Festival); Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (& National/West End/International tour), Enquirer [co-director], An Appointment with the Wicker Man, 27, The Wheel, Somersaults, Wall of Death: A Way of Life [co-director], The Miracle Man, Empty, Long Gone Lonesome (National Theatre of Scotland); Cockroach (National Theatre of Scotland/Traverse); 365 (National Theatre of Scotland/Edinburgh International Festival); Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland/Citizens/Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); The Wolves in the Walls [co-director] (National Theatre of Scotland/Tramway/Lyric, Hammersmith/UK tour/New Victory, NYC); The Small Things, Pyrenees, On Blindness, The Drowned World, Tiny Dynamite, Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco, Splendour, Riddance, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, Crave (Paines Plough).
Television Includes: Pritilata (from Snatches: Moments from 100 Years of Women’s Lives), Where the Heart Is, Silent Witness.

ED THOMAS
For the Royal Court: Song from a Forgotten City, Gas Station Angel.
For National Theatre Wales: Mother Courage & Her Children.
Other theatre includes: House of America, Flowers of the Dead Red Sea, East from the Gantry (Tramway Glasgow / International tour); Stone City Blue (Theatre Clwyde).
Television includes: Satellite City, A Mind To Kill, Caerdydd, Pen Talar, Cwmgiedd/Colombia, China, Hinterland/Y Gwyll.
Film includes: House of America, Silent Village, Dal Yma:Nawr.
Ed is the Creative Director and Founder of independent television and film company Fiction Factory.

CUCKOO NEST
Cuckoo Nest is a film, TV and VR production company focusing on international co-productions of quality content. We support new voices by collaborating with micro budget filmmakers as well as contributing to the development of promising short films. Currently we have a major network series in production, details to be released in the following months.

NATIONAL THEATRE WALES
National Theatre Wales has been making English-language productions in locations all over Wales, the UK, internationally and online since March 2010. It operates from a small base in Cardiff’s city centre, but works all over the country and beyond, using Wales’ rich and diverse landscape, its towns, cities and villages, its incredible stories and rich talent as its inspiration. National Theatre Wales is supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales.

ROYAL COURT THEATRE
The Royal Court Theatre is the writers’ theatre. It is a leading force in world theatre for energetically cultivating writers - undiscovered, emerging and established.
Through the writers, the Royal Court is at the forefront of creating restless, alert, provocative theatre about now. We open our doors to the unheard voices and free thinkers that, through their writing, change our way of seeing.
Over 120,000 people visit the Royal Court in Sloane Square, London, each year and many thousands more see our work elsewhere through transfers to the West End and New York, UK and international tours, digital platforms, our residencies across London, and our site-specific work. Through all our work we strive to inspire audiences and influence future writers with radical thinking and provocative discussion.

The Royal Court’s extensive development activity encompasses a diverse range of writers and artists and includes an ongoing programme of writers’ attachments, readings, workshops and playwriting groups. Twenty years of the International Department’s pioneering work around the world means the Royal Court has relationships with writers on every continent.

Within the past sixty years, John Osborne, Samuel Beckett, Arnold Wesker, Ann Jellicoe, Howard Brenton and David Hare have started their careers at the Court.

Many others including Caryl Churchill, Athol Fugard, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, debbie tucker green, Sarah Kane – and, more recently, Lucy Kirkwood, Nick Payne, Penelope Skinner and Alistair McDowall – have followed.

The Royal Court has produced many iconic plays from Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children to Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem and Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen.
Royal Court plays from every decade are now performed on stage and taught in classrooms and universities across the globe.
It is because of this commitment to the writer that we believe there is no more important theatre in the world than the Royal Court.



image

image to accompany the second news item

 

 

Privacy Policy | Contact Us | ©2006 keith morris / red snapper web deisgns / keith@artx.co.uk