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One of the company’s original core actors returns as Blodeuwedd Wednesday, 8th of January 2014     

One of the company’s original core actors returns as Blodeuwedd
Wednesday, 8th of January 2014

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru are very pleased to announce the cast of Blodeuwedd by Saunders Lewis, which will be on tour to theatre venues during February this year.

Rhian Blythe will be playing the part of Blodeuwedd, and as one of the original core actors of the company, she’ll be returning to work with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru who in 2014 are celebrating ten years since their first ever performance. As the rehearsals start in January, Rhian will also be appearing on our screens as Grug Matthews in the popular S4C series Gwaith Cartref.

Rhian Blythe said about her role as Blodeuwedd;

“I was one of the original actors of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru during its first two years, and it’s an honour to be working with the company again ten years onwards. Since reading Blodeuwedd as a teenager and being charmed by the words and story, I’ve been secretly hoping that I would, one day, have the chance to play the main part, and I just hope I can do it justice.”

Playing the part of Llew, Blodeuwedd’s unfortunate husband, is Carwyn Jones who has worked for the company on many an occasion, including the role of Harbona in Esther by Saunders Lewis, in 2006, directed by the now Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Daniel Evans. Carwyn has just finished performing in Dim Diolch by Cwmni’r Frân Wen, and has been nominated as the best male actor in 2013 for that part in the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards.

Rhys Bidder will play the part of Gronw Pebr. Rhys is well-known in Wales for his part as Max White on Pobol y Cwm, and he’ll be returning as Gronw Pebr after playing the role the company’s 2013 production. Joining these three will be Non Haf, Glyn Pritchard, and Owain Llŷr Edwards who were also in the original production in 2013, and joined by Rhodri Siôn who has also worked for the company in the past, including most recently in the 2012 production Y Storm (a Welsh translation by Gwyneth Lewis of Shakespeare’s The Tempest).

The play will once again be in the very capable hands of Arwel Gruffydd as director, who has been nominated as Director of the year in the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards for the production of Blodeuwedd in 2013. Arwel said:

“Staging a play in various locations, open air site specific, or in theatres, means that you can experiment with the production and how it’s delivered to an audience. Tomen y Mur, the location for the 2013 production of Blodeuwedd, was a fabulously beautiful open air arena and so adapting that production for a conventional theatre space, will mean that the production will take on a whole new feel. It will no doubt be a very different experience for those who saw the play in 2013. It will be a chance to concentrate perhaps on the wonderous poetry words of Saunders Lewis in this timeless play, without the ‘distraction’ of the wonders of Snowdonia!”

Blodeuwedd will be on theatre tour during February, starting at Ffwrnes, Llanelli on the 11th of February before travelling to the Arts Centre Aberystwyth, Rhyl Pavilion and finish at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. Tickets are available directly from the venues.

Full cast details:

Blodeuwedd - Rhian Blythe
Gronw Pebr – Rhys Bidder
Llew – Carwyn Jones
Gwydion – Glyn Pritchard
Rhagnell – Non Haf
Penteulu Penllyn – Rhodri Siôn
Gwas / Milwr – Owain Llŷr Edwards
 
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