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Domino(e)s Four young Welsh female dramatists have joined forces to write a play from scratch in a ground breaking concept aimed predominantly towards young people.

“The whole process was a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end,” said 24- year-old Mared Swain from Llantrisant on the outskirts of Cardiff who co-wrote Dominos with Manon Wyn from Llandwrog near Caernarfon, Branwen Davies from Llandegfan in Anglesey and Angharad Llwyd from Prion near Denbigh.
“My hope is that the play will appeal to audiences of all ages but if we succeed in attracting a new generation of theatre goers I shall be extremely happy,” she added.

The project took nearly a year to complete. Each dramatist creating their own dynamic and working in co-operation with actors who eventually put life into the characters provided for them. Dominos, which is a Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – the Welsh National Touring Company – production will set off on a six week tour of Wales’ main studio and community theatre venues later this month.

“Together we developed a play, which has an urban or city backdrop, with seven characters each carrying their own baggage and backgrounds,” added Manon Wyn, who will be 24-years-old on the same date as the opening performance of Dominos.
“Dominos has moments of high-drama and black comedy that combine to create a theatrical experience which is fun as well as being stimulating,” she said.

Set in the present day Dominos depicts a day in the lives of the seven characters and how those lives interact following a chance event.

“It’s an interaction similar to the falling domino effect which explains the title of the production,” said
25-year-old Branwen Davies.
“In fact the same effect came in force as the four of us juggled with themes and character development during the initial writing stage – one idea would lead to another,” she added.

The music track for Dominos has been provided by former Big Leaves star, Osian Gwynedd. His present group, Sibrydion, is in the forefront of the Welsh pop scene.

“The finished production is an amalgamation of talent brought about by an exciting, beneficial and experimental creative process,” added 26-year-old Angharad Llwyd.
“I enjoyed the experience immensely and I’m sure audiences throughout Wales will share in that enjoyment,” she said.

The Dominos tour will start in Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold on Thursday and Friday evenings, the 26–27 of January, 2006, followed by performances in the
Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 31 January -1 February, 2006), Galeri, Caernarfon (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 7-9 February, 2006), Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, 14-17 February, 2006), Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon (Monday and Tuesday Evenings, 20-21 February, 2006), The Grand, Swansea (Thursday and Friday evenings, 23-24 February, 2006), and Theatr y Gromlech, Crymych (Monday and Tuesday Evenings, 27–28 February, 2006). All performances start at 7.30pm.

“Dominos will break the mould both artistically and in terms of the venues visited during the tour,” said Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Marketing Manager, Elwyn Williams.
“In all the production will undoubtedly launch Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru into new spheres of activity with will hopefully create debate and inspire audiences,” he added.

As usual with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru productions each Dominos venue will provide a pre-performance session for Welsh learners.

“This time we’re aiming particularly towards those who are just beginning to get a grip on the language,” added Elwyn Williams.
“We are also offering writers’ workshops for "A" level and college drama students under the seasoned eye of our deputy artistic director, Judith Roberts,” he said.

Those who have in interest in joining any aspect of the outreach programme may contact their local venue or Judith Roberts on 01554 780650 / or visit our special dedicated and unique Dominos visual and audio website on

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