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National Eisteddfod Drama Village programme announced     

National Eisteddfod Drama Village programme announced
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru are pleased to announce the programme for the Pentref Drama (Drama Village) for Eisteddfod Sir Gâr. This is the first time the Eisteddfod have created an unique area for drama events and this will be the home of the Cwt Drama and also Caffi’r Theatrau and Theatr.

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru are the main sponsors of the Pentref Drama, and there will be a variety of events throughout the week, from informal readings, competitions, performances and talks. Gwyn Eiddior will be designing the area for the drama village.


The Cwt Drama offers a new location for performances on the field, building on the success of Theatr and Caffi’r Theatrau during the past years. The programme for Cwt Drama will include performances of Dŵr Mawr Dyfn, the winning work of the Drama Medal in the National Eisteddfod 2013, by Glesni Haf Jones and directed by Sara Lloyd, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Associate Director. Dŵr Mawr Dyfn will be a co-production between Sherman Cymru, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and the National Eisteddfod. This is the first time a performance of the Drama Medal’s winning work has been performed at the Eisteddfod. The programme will also include readings of work in development by Mari Emlyn, Sera Moore Williams and Geraint Lewis, performances by Cwmni Theatr Bara Caws, Cwmni Theatr 3D, a live stream of ‘Dim Diolch’ by Cwmni’r Frân Wen from Edinburgh Fringe Festival, an exhibition curated by Mark Rees, ‘Cof Sir Gâr’, and much more.


Theatr y Maes will include theatre performances throughout the week, with daily shows for young people and families, and performances by various companies which will offer something different for all visitors to the Eisteddfod fields. This will also be the home of the short drama acting competition which always proves to be a popular event. Cwmni Oni Bai will also be performing a new adaptation by T James Jones of Dan y Wenallt. This will be the first public performance of the adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ radio play ‘Under Milk Wood’.


Caffi’r Theatrau is run by the Welsh theatre producing companies and venues in Wales, and is a place for a paned and a chat, and to hear about all the exciting work being produced by the various companies across the whole year. The cafe will be designed on the theme ‘backstage’ and there’ll be a chance to see a collection of theatre props used by the various companies.


Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru said;


“We’re extremely pleased that the Drama and Theatre area on the Eisteddfod field is being developed this year. There will be performances away from the Eisteddfod field too, including Dyled Eileen by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, and Garw by Cwmni Theatr Bara Caws. These events reflect the need for of all kind of theatre; for children and adults, and it’s great that so many companies are a part of this venture. We’re very pleased that the partnership between Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and the National Eisteddfod has lead to create a new performing area on the field. The variety of the programme at Cwt Drama is exceptional, and it’s a chance for artists who would like to showcase work in development or projects on a small scale, or talks about theatre work. I’m confident that the programme for the whole theatre area represents the buzz that surrounds welsh theatre at the moment.”

National Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts said;


“We’re very pleased that the Eisteddfod can offer a chance to so many professional and amateur companies to perform on the Eisteddfod fields and we’re excited with the provision that is offered through theatre this year. We’re grateful to Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and the Arts Council of Wales for their support.”

The Cwt Drama is also a valuable resource that will be available at other times of the year, continually strengthening the relationship between the two national organisations throughout the year.


The full programme can be seen on the Eisteddfod website; www.eisteddfod.org
 
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