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Did you know that a Welshman discovered America 300 years before Columbus?!
Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch is currently celebrating its 25th birthday and as part of the celebrations it is taking its biggest ever production on tour to six theatres in Wales. Mordaith Anhygoel Madog – (Madog’s Amazing Voyage) is based on the important tale of Prince Madog and his sailors who set sail from North Wales and discovered America.

“The story itself is an important one and its an opportunity to educate our young people about this Welsh hero. To make it relevant to the young audience, the story is told through the eyes of a young boy and it focuses on the challenges and adventures aboard the ship” (Jeremy Turner, Artistic Director of Arad Goch and Author and Director of Mordaith Anhygoel Madog )
The stage performances will be a spectacle and will travel to six theatres between the 8th of June and 7th of July; venues listed are Lyric Carmarthen, Rhyl Pavillion, Sherman Cardiff, Aberystwyth Art Centre, Theatr Mwldan Cardigan and Hafren Newtown. Each venue will host family performances on evenings or weekends and schools performances during the day.

Rhodri Trefor plays Madog and aboard his ship the cast includes Iwan Charles, Chris Harris, Osian Rhys, Endaf Eynon Davies, Mark Roberts and one female, Ffion Wyn Bowen.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Arad Goch for almost 19 years and its a privilege to be part of their biggest ever production. One of the highlights to date was working with stage fighting director Kevin Mc Curdy to develop our fighting scenes – it was thrilling!” Ffion Wyn Bowen

As well as the actors, three musicians will appear on stage performing live music; Simon Lovatt, Talwyn Baudu and Jeremy Turner. Further information about the cast can be found on the production blog

Mordaith Anhygoel Madog is a multi platform project; as well as the stage performance, audiences can also enjoy digital content on This resource is free for all and includes videos of workshops, photo galleries, and a chance to follow the backstage process as we create our biggest ever production!

“The website is an exciting development and allows everyone in all corners of Wales and beyond to get involved and experience this fantastic project. All content is bilingual and we are currently working with Welsh for Adults to produce resources for Welsh learners. Elin Crowley, Artistic Assistant, Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch.

Since launching the project at the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh in 2013, Arad Goch has arranged many public performances and workshops all over Wales to ensure that audiences around the country get the opportunity to experience the project. Events include dressing up for Aberystwyth’s St Davids Day Parade, providing workshops for children and learners in Ceredigion and Rhyl and working with Cardiff based Clocswyr Bro Taf to produce a Madog flashmob which was performed in four locations in the Capital City last weekend.

“Over the next few weeks Madog’s ‘small’ origami style boat will be travelling the country to promote the project. It started its journey in Aberystwyth and then on to Cardiff. This week it will travel to Rhyl and next week it will be at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Bala all week. If you are at the Urdd pop in to see Madog’s crew at the Cwtsh Cymraeg. We’ll be organising daily activities and workshops for children at 1 and 3 o clock, including arts and craft and performance workshops, treasure hunts, storytelling and more!” Heulwen Davies, Marketing Officer Arad Goch.
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