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Wales wide Theatre tour in support of The Lap of Wales Challenge (Her Cylchdaith Cymru) & Cronfa Elen.     

Wales wide Theatre tour in support of The Lap of Wales Challenge (Her Cylchdaith Cymru) & Cronfa Elen. A poignant production highlighting the need to discuss Organ Donation before the fateful moment arises

Rhys Meirion - Opera star and TV personality - commissions Theatr na nÓg to use theatre as a medium to promote the need to discuss organ donation

The introduction of the new soft opt-out legislation for organ donation in Wales on 1 December 2015 (see editors notes) prompted a remarkable commission for Neath based Theatre Company to highlight the challenges faced by families at very difficult times, in a ‘new work’ entitled ‘Moving On’ (Symud ‘Mlaen) written and directed by Theatre Na nÓg’s Sara Lewis. The production is being performed in both the Welsh and English language. (see editors notes for tour detail)

Theatr na nÓg take a heartrending production about the difficult decision facing a family the length and breadth Wales in conjunction with “The Lap of Wales Challenge & Cerddwn Ymlaen” in support of Cronfa Elen (see editors notes). ‘Moving On’ focuses on the aftermath a family can face when they have not had the discussion about making their wishes on organ donation known. The ‘new work’ raises questions that the audience can hopefully take away with them and discuss with their loved ones and families. The play also shows the love, compassion and humor involved in the most grief-stricken of times.

The touring production not only mirrors the ‘The Lap of Wales Challenge’ tour across Wales, but it also features the charity walk, where we see the two characters played by Siw Hughes and Dafydd Rhys Evans taking part in the Wales wide challenge.

The Opera singer and TV personality Rhys Meirion is the face of ‘The Lap of Wales Challenge’ and his voice even features within the moving drama. Rhys Meiron said: “My niece, Gwenllian, and my sister Elen had a conversation about organ donation weeks before Elen had her fatal accident. My family was able to consent to Elen’s organs being donated because we knew that was what she wanted. We’ve been better able to cope with our tremendous loss because we know that Elen’s wishes have been fulfilled. Crucially, a huge burden was lifted off my family because Gwenllian and Elen had discussed Elen’s wishes prior to her accident.”

Sara Lewis the plays writer and director has spent a great deal of time researching and speaking with people directly affected by the subject matter, from Specialist Nurses for Organ Donation to parents who have made the difficult decision upon loosing their child. Sara said of the production and work: “You cannot fail to be moved by the incredible people and stories I have come across in preparing to write ‘Moving on / Symud ‘Mlaen’. It was important for Theatr na nÓg to create a piece that would inspire discussion with regards to the new law in Organ donation but also to strike the right balance in creating characters that would reflect the strength, affection and humour I have seen in speaking to those affected by the issue, not least of all Rhys Meirion himself.”
Health and Social Services Minister, Professor Mark Drakeford said;

“The change to a soft opt-out system for organ donation on December 1 will deliver a revolution in consent and has the potential to make a real difference to many people’s lives.

“Last year, 12 people in Wales died while waiting for a transplant. We can’t allow this to continue, which is why we have taken action and become the first part of the UK to pass this unique law.

“Productions such as Theatr Na nÓg’s Moving On are a great way to encourage people to talk about their organ donation wishes. It does so in a human way and puts the need for having that discussion in context.”
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