Golygfeydd O’r Pla Du
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*BSL interpreted performancesCast Announcement
Hear ye, hear ye! Theatrau Sir Gâr announce home grown production for spring 2023
Theatrau Sir Gâr is set to produce its first full in-house production which will tour to venues across Wales in spring 2023. Set at the time of the plague, Golygfeydd o’r Pla Du, is described as a mischievous, black (death) comedy, packed with scandal, songs, singing goats and horse sh*t; Monty Python meets Blackadder in this grubby comedy which pokes fun at those who seek to gain from crisis. We welcome you to the Black Death: there’s nothing funnier!
This Welsh language comedy is written and directed by Chris Harris, a dramatist and translator from Cwmbrân, living in Bridgend. Chris is the recipient of The Richard Carne Playwriting Award, 2011 and a Peggy Ramsay Foundation grant. As well Pla Du, Chris is currently developing new work with several other companies including Theatr Bara Caws, Awen Cultural Trust and Blackwood Miners Institute.
Golygfeydd o’r Pla Du has received funding from Arts Council Wales and is supported by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. The play will open in the Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli on May 4th before carting around venues across Wales. The tour will close in another Theatrau Sir Gâr venue, The Lyric in Carmarthen on May 26th.
Chris Harris says: “I’m very excited to be presenting a dark comedy with a subtle underbelly rooted in our changing behaviour during the pandemic. But the key argument must not be lost– that when crisis calls, there are individuals that gain from the misfortune of others. The play will speak to audiences – figuratively and literally! We will give the audience an outrageous experience - one that takes them to a completely different world in order to reflect – as well as laugh – at ourselves and our changing behaviour over the past two years.”
Sharon Casey, Theatres Manager for Theatrau Sir Gâr says: “We’re delighted that Golygfeydd o’r Pla Du will be the very first home-grown production for Theatrau Sir Gâr. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Ffwrnes Theatre so it’s especially exciting that this new production will open at the Ffwrnes. It’s been two years in development which has been challenging at times due to the pandemic, but the creative team has pulled together and succeeded in creating something really special. We can’t wait to share this with audiences across Wales.”
The creative team includes design by Luned Gwawr Evans who’s worked extensively in theatre and TV and film design since graduating from RWCMD in Cardiff. Most recent theatre credits include Llygoden yr Eira (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru/Theatr Iolo; The Famous Five (Chichester and Clwyd Theatre) and Arandora Star, Just Jump (Theatr na nÓg).
Mold-based composer and musical director, Lynwen Haf Roberts is creating the music for the play. Lynwen’s composing credits include Celebrated Virgins (Theatr Clwyd), Santa’s Caravan (a Christmas charity single for North Wales Superkids) and Rhyfeloedd y ‘Rona/The Corona Wars (Leeway Academy/Leeway Productions).
Completing the creative team are the play’s producers, Ffion Glyn and Sharon Casey who’ve been onboard with the project throughout development over the past two years.
‘Golygfeydd o’r Pla Du’ is a Welsh language production, suitable for ages 14+ (contains strong language, themes of death, illness, comic gore, sarcastic humour and very fluffy puppets). Theatr Genedlathol Cymru’s Welsh language access app, Sibrwd, will be available at every performance, meaning audiences can enjoy this performance regardless their level of fluency in Welsh.