Y Ffwrnes, the new theatre and arts venue in Llanelli, opened in December 2012. With state of the art technical equipment and two versatile theatre spaces, Y Ffwrnes provides a wide and diverse entertainment programme for the town and the region. But the theatre complex aims to be far more than a receiving venue for productions. It aims to be a creative hub for artists and companies in South West Wales. Salt on our Boots, the development of which has been supported by an Arts Council of Wales Theatre Production Development grant, is a pilot production which we anticipate will lead to Y Ffwrnes becoming established as a centre for the creation and touring of small to medium scale productions.
We aim to bring together talented artists based locally to create productions that will benefit from the rehearsal space and technical expertise that we can supply. Last year we were approached by three people with an idea to create a production that we thought showed great potential. This is how the idea for Salt on Our Boots developed.
In the summer of 2012, one of the wettest on record, Delyth Jenkins walked the 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast path in seventeen days. What made her journey unique was that on her back she carried a 22-string harp. Along the way, she would stop and do impromptu path-side concers, surprising and delighting walkers who certainly did not expect to hear music in such a location.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Delyth, Emily Hinshelwood had completed her walk around the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and was about to launch her volume of poetry written as a response to the experience. On Becoming a Fish which was published by Seren form the backbone to this multi media evening.
Hearing about Delyth's walk, Emily invited her to play at the launch of her book. And this was when they met writer and producer, Lyn T. Jones. Lyn sensed that there was more that could be done to incorporate the playful animated films that Emily had created to accompany some of the poems, the evocative pieces that Delyth had composed inspired by her odyssey and the stories of the two walks.
As part of our ACW Theatre Production Development grant, we have planned four performances of the show. We open at Y Ffwrnes on Friday 19th September and will then tour to the Torch in Milford Haven on Wednesday, 24th September, the Scala in Prestatyn on Thursday, 25th September and the Gwyn Hall in Neath on Tuesday 30th September.
The show will then be available for booking throughout 2015. We are keen to play theatres and arts centre but also Literature and Music Festivals, village halls and Walking Festivals. The show is designed to adapt to stages and rooms of all sizes.