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Welsh children’s classic takes to the stage     

Welsh children’s classic takes to the stage Audiences young and old will be given the opportunity to enjoy a family show this autumn as Theatr Bara Caws, in partnership with Theatr Gwynedd and Galeri, stage a musical version of one of Wales’ favourite children’s books.

The show, which has received funding from the Arts Council of Wales to promote theatre outside of Cardiff, will start its journey in Theatr Gwynedd on October 4th and will then tour venues all over Wales, including the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl, Mwldan Arts Theatre in Cardigan and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

From Siôn Blewyn Coch to Wil Cwac Cwac, Ifan Twrci Tenau and all their noisy farmyard friends, the show will be full of the characters from this heartwarming book by Jenny Thomas and JO Williams, and audiences can expect plenty of dancing and singing as well as acting. Well-known children’s author Gareth F Williams is providing the script, with Catrin Edwards responsible for the score, Emyr Rhys appointed as musical director and Cai Tomos offering his dance expertise for the choreography.

Tony Llewelyn, who will direct the show on behalf of Theatr Bara Caws, said, “This show is a great way to introduce a book which holds such special childhood memories for so many of us to a whole new generation. The book itself is so funny and lively, and the characters just jump off the page. One can’t help but get excited about it!”

Dafydd Thomas of Theatr Gwynedd added, “It’s always great to welcome family shows like this to Theatr Gwynedd, but this will be an even more special occasion as it will be the last show before the theatre closes for a long period of refurbishment.

“We hope to see the theatre full to the brim for this finale, and send the old Theatr Gwynedd out in style!”

A smaller production called ‘Sioe Bach Llyfr Mawr y Plant’ (The Small Show of the Big Book for Children) will run alongside the full-scale production. This show will go out into smaller communities, offering an afternoon’s entertainment to smaller children between 3 and 7 years old. During the interactive show, children will be introduced to the characters and given the chance to sing along to some of the numbers from the main show.

Elen ap Robert, artistic director at Galeri, who are responsible for the smaller shows, said, “The aim of the smaller shows is to offer a taste of the full-scale production to those locations without the resources to stage the main show. It also gives us the chance to reach audiences in rural and deprived areas. The main show is over two hours long, so this is an opportunity for parents to entertain their youngsters for an hour or so without having to worry about keeping the noise down in a theatre!”

Sian Tomos, Regional Director in North Wales for the Arts Council of Wales said, "Llyfr Mawr y Plant is part of the Arts Council of Wales' highly successful 'Arts Outside Cardiff' initiative, created to enable audiences to gain access to high quality performing arts in venues across Wales.

“We are delighted to support this production from Theatr Bara Caws, Galeri and Theatr Gwynedd. It will bring a well-known and much loved children's classic to a new and wider audience with an ambitious brand new musical theatre show that is sure to wow of audiences - of all ages - all over Wales".

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