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THE WELSH BECKETT     

THE WELSH BECKETT
The Welsh dramatist, William Samuel Jones (WS Jones or Wil Sam), may not have achieved the international recognition bestowed on his Irish counterpart, Samuel Beckett, but the two playwrights had much more in common than a shared Christian name.

Both, in their own way, were leading protagonists of Théâtre de l'Absurde (the theatre of the absurd); the style of theatre applied during the latter half of the twentieth century to broad comedy, mixed with tragic images, with characters caught in hopeless situations forced to do repetitive actions and dialogue that’s full of clichés and wordplay.

“Wil Sam was a master when it came to this approach of writing” said the Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (the Welsh-Language National Theatre Company), Cefin Roberts.
“Although his subjects are quintessentially Welsh in nature and language they also share the same distinct characteristics as those penned by the likes of Ionesco, Pinter and especially by Beckett,” he added.

One of the best examples of WS Jones’ work in this vein is his accomplished play “Bobi a Sami”, which tours to venues throughout Wales during February and March, under the banner title 'Bobi a Sami...a Dynion Eraill" (Bobi & Sami...and Other Men)

The three-member, all male, cast of the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru production are the popular stage actors Llŷr Evans, Sion Pritchard and Llion Williams. In addition to performing "Bobi a Sami" they will also stage two of Samuel Beckett's 'Acts Without Words' as well as “Meical” a brand-new monologue by Luned Emyr.

“This is Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s first opportunity to honour Wil Sam and place him in a European context,” added Cefin Roberts, who will co-direct the production with Judith Roberts.
“Our aim is to contribute towards a greater appreciation and understanding of the influences on this great Welsh dramatist, as well as celebrating his life and his work” he said.

The set for the production is designed by WS Jones’ grandson, Gwyn Eiddior Parry, with music by Osian Gwynedd, keyboard player with the leading Welsh band 'Sibrydion'. Lighting is by Nick Mumford.

The tour will commence in Y Llwyfan, Carmarthen (01267 233882) on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, 11–13 February, 2009 before
going on to:

· Galeri, Caernarfon (www.galericaernarfon.com) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, 17–20 February, 2009.
· Theatr y Gromlech, Crymych (01239 831455) on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 24–25 February, 2009.
· Aberystwyth Arts Centre (www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk) on Saturday evening, 28 February, 2009.
· The Welfare, Ystradgynlais (www.thewelfare.co.uk) on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 3–4 March, 2009.
· Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre (www.wmc.org.uk) on Friday and Saturday evenings, 6-7 March, 2009.
· Memorial Hall, Cricieth (01766 522491) on Tuesday and Wedneday evenings, 10–11 March, 2009.
· Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold (www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk) on Friday and Saturday evenings, 13–14 March, 2009.

As the plays will be performed in traverse style, seating capacity at each venue is restricted to 120 seats.

WS Jones died in November 2007.
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