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Llwyfan Gogledd Cymru / North Wales Stage introduce their latest production     

“Frongoch” by Ifor ap Glyn and Micháel Ó Congahile

Rehersals have started on an exciting co production between Llwyfan Gogledd Cymru / North Wales Stage and Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Following the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin over eighteen hundred Irish Volunteers were imprisoned in the Frongoch POW camp near Bala, North Wales. There plans were laid that eventually led to Irish independence and Michael Collins rose to prominence. Frongoch became known as ‘the university of revolution’.

“Frongoch” explores events that a nation. A truly international collaboration it includes Welsh, English and Irish actors and the crew are drawn from both sides of the Irish Sea. This multi media / multi lingual (English, Irish and Welsh) production, through the use of video technology will be accessible to all – full translation given throughout. The ‘live’ cast includes Welsh BAFTA award winner Richard Elfyn, Michael Atkinson (who appeared in Llwyfan Gogledd Cymru’s award winning “Ta Ra Teresa), young Irish newcomer Caoimhín Ó Conghaile. Twelve other actors will contribute to the production through multi media presentation.

According to the director Ian Rowlands “ Too much has been said about Celtic brotherhood without really considering its meaning – if it has a meaning! There have been many misunderstandings between Ireland and Wales and our hope with this production is to build bridges of understanding”.

“Frongoch” has been written by one of Wales’s foremost crowned bards and television director Ifor ap Glyn in collaboration with award winning Irish writer Micháel Ó Congahile .

This is Llwyfan Gogledd Cymru’s third production following the success of “Ta Ra Teresa” and “Deinameit”. It will open at Theatr Gwynedd Bangor on February 8th before embarking on a nationwide tour of Wales and Ireland.

For more information contact:
Rhian Cadwaladr (Publicity Officer 01286 830109 / 07818 424283/ or Llio Prydderch Huws (Administrator) 01248 370088/ 07855 758264

Llwyfan Gogledd Cymru/ North Wales Stage was established by Ian Rowlands in 2003 with a briefing to create high standard theatre productions for North Wales and beyond.

The company strongly believes in the need to bridge the gap between Welsh and English language and culture. Frongoch is an example of the company’s intentions to create multi-lingual multi-cultural productions with the intention of strengthening the position of the Welsh language and promote Welsh theatre on an international stage.

The making of Frongoch will be filmed by Cwmni Da and will be transmitted on S4C this coming May.

Frongoch is funded by bodies which include Arts Council Wales, Wales Arts Internation. It is also the first production to be funded by CCAT – the Irish Welsh arts partnership which operates with the assistance of the European INTERREG IIIA programme.

Richard Elfyn is to be seen in the forthcoming feature film THE DARK starring alongside Sean Bean and Maria Bello.
Llwyfan Gogledd Cymru  
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Rhian Cadwalader
Tuesday, January 18, 2005back



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