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Sand House A timeless classic by one of twentieth century Wales’s most prolific and versatile dramatist is the latest production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – the Welsh National Touring Company.

The late Gwenlyn Parry’s Ty ar y Tywod (‘A house on sand’) is considered an important milestone in the development of the Welsh theatre. First staged in 1968, the play has often been compared to the surreal and absurd works of world-renowned dramatists Harold Pinter and Eugéne Ionesco.

As a BBC Wales Drama Producer, Gwenlyn Parry, who died in 1991, applied his talents in a myriad of dramatic styles and methods in both Welsh and English. He was the author of Grand Slam, the 1978 classic television comedy, starring Windsor Davies, depicting the exploits of a motley crew from the South Wales valleys on a Rugby International Week-end spree in Paris. He also co-penned the ever popular television sit com, Fo a Fe and later went on to launch, write and produce the BBC’s longest running soap opera, Pobol y Cwm.

Ty ar y Tywod is  basically the story of two men - one who lives in a hut on the beach and the other the owner of a nearby fairground. The Fair Man wants to extend his noisy, successful, fair, but his plans are hindered by the House Man who’s hell-bent on protecting his home that’s gradually sinking into the sand anyway. Finally, after much conflict, the tables are turned and the House Man succeeds by becoming a Fair Man himself and a possible reincarnation of his predecessor.

 “The play focuses on the conflicts which ensues when the old, traditional and albeit decaying way of life is threatened by new, modern and shallow developments,” said Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Marketing Manager, Elwyn Williams.

“The plot is not confined to any particular time or place and even after 35 years since first being performed the hard hitting message conveyed in the play is as relevant today as ever,” he added.

The two main roles in the latest production of Ty ar y Tywod are played by Rhosllannerchrugog-born Dafydd Dafis and Llanelli-born Jonathan Nefydd. The three other cast members are Mared Swain and two of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru team of core actors, Dave Taylor and Carys Eleri Evans.

 Ty ar y Tywod is directed by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s deputy artistic director, Judith Roberts. Although she has worked extensively as a theatre director throughout the UK and Ireland this is her first solo-run with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.  

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s production of the play will begin its six-week tour of Wales in Theatr Clwyd, Mold on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 21-23 of April, 2005. The other venues include Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor  (27-30 April, 2005); Carmarthen’s Lyric Theatre on Wednesday, May 4, 2005; Theatr Taliesin, Swansea, 6-7 May, 2005; Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan, 13-14 May, 2005; Theatr Ardudwy Harlech, 17-18 May, 2005; and the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, on 26-28, May, 2005.  All performances start at 7.30pm.

 One pre-performance specially adapted talk and question and answer session for Welsh language learners will be provided at each venue, and students studying Ty ar y Tywod as part of their A-level Drama syllabus are invited to meet the Director, an Actor, a Technical Manager and Wardrobe Mistress, again at each venue) in order to discuss, the practicalities of the script to staging process.

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