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"The Next Phase- Produce Our Own Work"

At Wales Millennium Centre

Ma’ Bili’n Bwrw’r Bronco , Touring & Eisteddfod , September 9, 2012
At Wales Millennium Centre by Ma’ Bili’n Bwrw’r Bronco On 9th August Conrad Lynch, the Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre, featured in a BBC Cymru Wales Report. He was quoted: “The next phase in our development as a truly national centre for the performing arts is to produce our own work.

“In seven years the Centre has successfully established itself as a theatre which stages world class productions, by globally renowned producers, especially in the field of musical theatre and opera.

“As we mature our ambition is to produce and present new work, in both languages, to showcase the talent of Wales, as well as to continue to bring the best of the world to Wales. This production is our very first step towards realising that ambition, which makes it significant”.

The production was a national tour with of “Ma’ Bili’n Bwrw’r Bronco (Bili does a Bronco).”

“Ma Bili’n Bwrw’r Bronco” was an adaptation of Douglas Maxwell’s “Decky Does a Bronco.” Adapted by Jeremi Cockram, the site specific production, whose setting is a playground, was premiered by Grid Iron at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival. In 2010 it toured for three months in Scotland and England.

The publicity ran:

“For a nine year old lad, doing a bronco is the best feeling ever… You stand on a swing and work it up as high as you can, before kicking it up over the bar as you jump off.

“Ma’ Bili’n Bwrw’r Bronco” tells a powerful and vivid tale of childhood innocence and the perilous passage into adulthood.

“Set on a housing estate in the Swansea Valley, five boys spend the summer of 1983 acting out their dreams and fears in their local park. It’s a summer of play-fighting, Star Wars and their new obsession with bronco’ing, but when their playful banter and bickering is cut short by an unimaginable event, their lives are changed forever.”

Produced in collaboration with Theatr na n’Óg , “Ma’ Bili’n Bwrw’r Bronco” was directed by Geinor Styles, Artistic Director of Theatr na n’Óg.

The compnay comprised Iesytn Arwel, Rhys Downing, Sion Ifan, Gareth John Bale, Carwyn Jones, Chris Kinahan, Osian Rhys and Dafydd Rhys.

Full credits and videos can be seen at:

https://theatr-nanog.co.uk/ma-bilin-bwrwr-bronco

Reviewed by: Adam Somerset

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