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Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru Announces Artistic Programme

C'laen ta! (Come on Then)

The next stage for the Company begins in June 2012 with a community project called 'C'laen ta!' in Caernarfon.  The project, in conjunction with Galeri Caernarfon and the Pobol Peblig Partnership, represents the third creative step under the wing of young writer Bethan Marlow in Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru's relationship with the people of Caernarfon.

Arwel Gruffydd commented:  "'C'laen ta!' is a creative project that will bring professional artists and members of the community together in a new way.

The project will not only create and present a piece of theatre, it will also find and develop leaders within and for the community.  The seeds have already been sown with the recent projects of 'Sgin Ti Syniad' and 'Sgint' and now we want to see those seeds grow.  The project aims to develop skills and confidence within the community that will help them in the future."

Y Storm

In conjunction with Wales Millennium Centre, the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Pontio & Citrus Arts, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru will stage 'Y Storm' -  a new translation of 'The Tempest', William Shakespeare in August, September and October as part of the World Shakespeare Festival and London 2012 Festival.

With members of the cast including Llion Williams (Prospero) and Meilir Rhys Williams (Ariel) and with special projection, circus and with live music, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru will create a magical world on a mysterious island - all within a touring tent theatre.

'Y Storm' will be performed during the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Vale of Glamorgan in August 2012m before touring to Carmarthen between 18-21 September and Bangor between 02-06 October 2012.

Arwel commented:  "It is an privilege and an unique opportunity for us to be part of the World Shakespeare Festival and the London 2012 Festival.  This new translation by Gwyneth Lewis will give a different perspective on one of Shakespeare's classics, and this venturous production by Elen Bowman is sure to be vivid and memorable experience."


Following a very successful national tour and performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru's sights will turn towards the Asia, as the Company together with Sherman Cymru will take Dafydd James' exciting play 'Llwyth' to the Taipei Arts Festival from 31 August to 02 September 2012.

"There was an unbelievable response to 'Llwyth' at the Edinburgh Festival last year, where the production formed part of the British Council's Edinburgh showcase, and this is a very exciting time for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru as we take a Welsh language production, that has been so popular here in Wales, on an international adventure," Arwel Gruffydd commented.

There will be one performance of 'Llwyth' in Carmarthen on 23 August 2012, before jetting off to the Taiwan capital before returning to Wales for performances at Sherman Cymru between 12-14 September 2012.

Directors Project

In order to encourage new blood into the industry in Wales, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is one of two partners in a new training course for directors being led by Living Pictures.

The course, that is funded by a grant from Arts Council of Wales, will take place over a year, and will give budding directors a thorough training in the process of developing and directing new plays.  Guest tutors include theatre maker Marc Rees and Sasha Wares of Royal Court.

Three experienced playwrights will be commissioned by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to write three new plays that will be developed as part of the course and performed at Sherman Cymru in September 2013.

Applications are invited from budding directors by April 2012.  For further information please contact Elen Bowman at




For further information please contact Elin Williams on 01267 233882 or e-mail