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In Fenton Arts Trust’s first Welsh venture, Theatr na n’Og have been awarded a grant towards training a Director. The Surrey based trust gives financial support to organisations like Theatr na n’Og that actively encourage and contribute to the Creative Arts in the UK.

The money will be used to give well-known Welsh actor Phylip Harries the opportunity to assist the company’s Artistic Director Geinor Jones on Theatr na n’Og’s forthcoming projects and develop his directing talents. Phyl is usually seen on stage, and recently played Tudur the Owl in the Theatr na n’Og’s successful musical Melangell - The Princess and The Hunter which toured theatres throughout Wales in February and March.

Phyl, aged 44, trained at Trinity College in Carmarthen and the Welsh College of Music and Drama and has a wealth of experience in theatre, television, film and radio. Most recently he played the Nurse Taffeta Trott in Sleeping Beauty for Clwyd Theatr Cymru, toured theatres across the UK with Under Milk Wood for the Wales Theatre Company, and has appeared in High Hopes and The Story of Tracey Beaker for the BBC, Amdani and Con Passionate for S4C and played a Mexican bandit for Israeli television!

“I am delighted to be able to have the opportunity to co-direct Theatr na n’Og‘s next production Stowaway,” says Phyl, who lives in Cardiff with his wife Mags.

“The funding from the Fenton Arts Trust also means that I will co-direct the company’s next two productions and the experience will help develop my directing skills further.”

Phyl’s first directing project for the company will be the forthcoming production, Stowaway, for children aged nine to eleven staged at the Dylan Thomas Theatre in Swansea from September to December. Over 5000 children will see the play in English and Welsh, which is set in Swansea during the Industrial Revolution when Victorian ships made the heroic passage to the Cape Horn.

For information on public performances of Stowaway please contact Theatr na n’Og on 01639 641771 or email
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