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CHWALFA PRODUCTION ANNOUNCED FOR 2016     

CHWALFA PRODUCTION ANNOUNCED FOR 2016


Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, in partnership with Pontio and Cwmni’r Frân Wen are pleased to announce today (28 July 2015) that Chwalfa will be staged at Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio - Bangor University’s Arts and Innovation Centre, in February 2016 as part of Pontio’s opening programme.

Chwalfa will be staged from 17 February until 27 February 2016, with tickets on sale from October 2015.

The company are very pleased to announce a new date for this production, following the need to postpone the production last year due to delays with the construction work of the new centre in Bangor.

Chwalfa (meaning dispersal or upheaval) portrays the effects on the community of the Penrhyn Quarry’s Great Strike, as told from the perspective of one fictitious family. This was the longest running industrial dispute in UK history, and lasted for three years between 1900 and 1903. The play is an adaptation by Gareth Miles of T Rowland Hughes’ popular novel of the same name. Arwel Gruffydd, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Artistic Director, will direct the production. Members of the community will once again be an integral part of the production and the rehearsals will begin in the area November 2015.

Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Chwalfa Director said: 

“It’s very exciting for us today that we can announce that we’ll be staging Chwalfa next year. It’s a pleasure for us to confirm that everyone’s hard work will at last be seeing the light of day in the New Year. We look forward to staging this important work as it is an exceptional story that had an enormous impact on the local community and which played a significant part in our nation’s history, and in the wider history of the trade union movement."

Elen ap Robert, Pontio’s Artistic Director added:

“Today we can announce with confidence that the ambitious Chwalfa production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru will be central to Pontio’s opening season despite the challenges we have faced.  It’s a pleasure to begin sharing our excitement regarding the opening programme with you, and what better way than through announcing that this poignant show will be staged in February.  As a Centre, Pontio want to give the Welsh language and Welsh culture a strong voice, and therefore it was a priority for us, our creative partners and Bangor University that this story be given its rightful place on our main stage.”

 
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