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{150}, A MULTI-PLATFORM PRODUCTION CREATED BY ARTIST MARC REES, WILL BE STAGED AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE STORES IN ABERDARE, JUNE-JULY 2015

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Wales' national theatres team up for the first time, with one of the country's leading artists, Marc Rees, to tell an epic, true story of survival and adventure.

In 1865, 150 men, women and children left Wales in search of a better life in Patagonia, South America. This multi-platform production, incorporating live action and film, and performed in English, Welsh and Spanish, will portray some of the key moments in their extraordinary journey, examine the mythologisation of their story in Wales, and look at what has become of their descendants in ‘Y Wladfa’ (‘The Colony’, as the settlement is affectionately known in Welsh).

{150} will be staged in the Royal Opera House stores near Aberdare - a vast building not normally open to the public, close to the homes of many of the original pioneers from Wales The cast of performers will include: Gareth Aled, Rosalind Brooks, Dafydd Emyr, Angharad Harop, Eddie Ladd, Beth Powlesland, Caroline Sabin and Lara Ward, as well as guest performers Billy Hughes and Fernando Williams from Argentina.

Integrated into the live performance will be excerpts from an S4C commissioned film, written by Roger Williams and directed by Lee Haven Jones. The film, which is produced by Joio, will be broadcast in full on S4C at the end of July 2015.

Creator Marc Rees is an interdisciplinary creative with an established track record of delivering groundbreaking, provocative and risk-taking projects. Adain Avion was Rees’ most ambitious project to date, and was selected as Wales' flagship project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and London Festival 2012. His Tir Sir Gâr, made in collaboration with writer Roger Williams for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru was the most nominated production in the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2014, with five nominations. In 2014, Rees created a re-imagining the world of Under Milk Wood, Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited for NTW and BBC Wales that incorporated the whole of the township of Laugharne as part of the DT 100 Festival. He is also the creator and curator of LLAWN (Llandudno Arts Weekend), an annual festival that celebrates the North Wales seaside town's Victorian heritage.
http://marcrees.com/

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. The Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales are supporting National Theatre Wales. nationaltheatrewales.org

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru The Welsh-language national theatre of Wales – creating innovative main stage theatre, and ambitious productions in surprising locations and at the heart of communities throughout Wales and beyond. Shaping a national narrative that reflects the dynamic culture of Wales and that resonates with other nations and cultures throughout the world.

S4C is a Welsh language television channel offering programmes across a wide range of genres, including award-winning dramas and documentaries. Working in partnership with the creative industries in Wales, S4C gives coverage to a wide range of cultural events, such as theatre and music productions, as well as collaborating to produce original content for broadcast on the channel.




{150}
National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in association with S4C

Dates: 27 June-11 July 2015 (except Sun)
Times: 7pm, plus 1pm matinee on 11 July
Venue: Royal Opera House Stores, Royal Opera House, Aberaman Industrial Estate, Abercwmboi, Aberdare

Creator and Director: Marc Rees
Creative Producer: Siân Thomas
Film writer: Roger Williams

Film director: Lee Haven Jones
Social Historian: Fernando Williams

Composer: John Hardy Music

Lighting Designer: Nick Mumford

Sound Designer: Mike Beer

Video Designer: Ethan Forde

Costume Designer: Angharad Matthews

Associate Designer: Cordi Ashwell

Associate Director: Llinos Mai
Choreographer: Angharad Harop
With Thanks to Royal Opera House & Melin Tregwynt

Box Office: www.wmc.org.uk
By phone: 029 2063 6464
Ticket Prices: £10-£17.50

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