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Eddie Ladd and her contemporary choreography mixed with traditional Welsh music from the 18th Century – Arad Goch introduces a brand new concept to the world of children’s theatre in Wales.

‘Do I Have To Wake Up?’ is Arad Goch’s first production for 2015 and is based on two characters and a musician who live in the land of dreams, where anything is possible! This is the third in a series of interactive performances for children 3 – 7 years old. ‘One Step Two Step’ was developed in 2010 and ‘Where the Leaves Blow’ in 2012, both proved immensely popular and toured extensively throughout Wales with over 350 performances in schools, nurseries and family festivals.

Both performances have also put Wales on the map in the world of interactive and contemporary performances for children; Arad Goch have performed the work in children’s festivals in Russia, South Korea, Tunisia and Majorca.

“The interactive element has proved that Wales is not scared to explore and to develop new concepts. Children in Wales and abroad have thoroughly enjoyed being able to take part in the performance by helping the characters to find objects, responding to questions during the performance and creating their own stories at the end of the performance. The interactive element will continue in order to enhance the children’s experience” Jeremy Turner, Artistic Director of Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch & Production Director.

Two new and exciting elements will be at the heart of ‘Do I Have To Wake Up?’; Eddie Ladd’s contemporary choreography, and live music performed by violinist Mari Morgan who has just completed her MA in Welsh Traditional Music in Bangor University.

“This is Arad Goch’s first experience of working with a choreographer to develop a physical piece for children. The combination of contemporary performance side by side with the traditional music is a new concept for children’s theatre in Wales. There will be small pieces of traditional script, but dance and music are the main tools which tell the story in this production” Jeremy Turner.

Actors Ffion Wyn Bowen and Mark Roberts were the cast members in the two previous performances. For this new performance, both have spent time with children at Ysgol Llanilar and Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth, discussing children’s ideas about ‘dreaming’ and ‘sleeping’.

“Children are full of ideas. They shared some great stories about the characters they dream about, the emotions they feel when they dream and wake up and also the sounds they hear when they sleep. It became apparent that music and dance would be the perfect art forms for this production.” Ffion Wyn Bowen

The children also came up with some fantastic ideas about what sounds they hear when they dream, and as a result it’s Mari Morgan, the musician who rules the narrative;

“I’m the instigator in the cast! The change in rhythm, sound effects, songs and so on tells the young audience that something new is about to happen, it directs the narrative in a subtle but effective way. The music is a fun combination of traditional 18th Century Welsh music alongside sound effects such as car horns, raindrops, racing cars and all sorts of other things! It’s been great fun developing the sound effects on the violin!” Mari Morgan

Eddie Ladd worked with Jeremy Turner on the Urdd’s Youth Theatre musical ‘Cysgu’n Brysur’ in 2014, and following this partnership Jeremy was very keen to invite Eddie to step into the world of children’s theatre, for the first time! Eddie is extremely pleased that she took on the challenge;
“I’ve learnt so much from the cast who are very experienced in the world of theatre for children. I’m not scared of the children’s reaction, children are exposed to all sorts of dancing and movement on TV shows, music videos and through ever popular dance lessons. Dance conveys the body’s messages, it is a natural way of presenting a story” Eddie Ladd.
Mark Roberts has worked with Arad Goch on several productions including ‘Mordaith Anhygoel Madog’ in 2014. Mark confesses that this production has been a very different experience;

“Remembering a script is one thing but remembering dance sequences is something else! We begin each day with a team jog on the prom and then further warm ups take place in the theatre before the ‘real’ work begins! I’m full of admiration for dancers!” Mark Roberts

‘Do I Have to Wake Up?’will be on tour in schools in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire from the 26th January until the 27th March.
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