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Mwgsi's Story Set for Big Stage

Back in June 2015, Megan Davies was an ordinary 18 year old from Pwllheli in North Wales. 28 Jun 2017

Mwgsi's Story Set for Big Stage

Back in June 2015, Megan Davies was an ordinary 18 year old from Pwllheli in North Wales.

She'd just completed her A levels and was set for a summer full of socialising and a holiday with the girls before starting a nursing degree in Cardiff.

But on Monday 29th June, Megan's life changed forever. On this day she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer.

Fast forward two years, and with Megan now cancer free, her brave and honest battle has been transformed into a theatre production by Frân Wen, a Arts Council Wales revenue funded organisation.

The theatre for young audiences specialists from Anglesey are taking Mwgsi on tour around Wales this autumn.

The actors Mirain Fflur - who plays the part of Mwgsi - Catrin Mara and Ceri Elen will perform in the drama.

Author and playwright Manon Steffan Ros has penned the script, and bringing the whole show together is director Iola Ynyr from Frân Wen. She promises "a brutally honest and darkly humorous drama."

"The thing that struck me about Mwgsi's blog was her brave honesty. There was no hint of self-pity, only a determination to face the cancer head on with plenty of humour. At times it made for a very uncomfortable read but love and friendship prevails through all that," said Iola, Frân Wen's Artistic Director.

"The moment I came across the blog I knew it would work brilliantly on stage - the fast pace and multiple location lends itself to a wonderfully visual story that is sure to emotionally embrace the audience."

Megan and her best friend Gwenllian - who also contributed to the blog - have been part of the creative process from day one.

"It's been a lot of fun being involved and putting everything together," said Megan, who began her nursing degree at Cardiff University this year.

"I've been reading Manon's books for years, especially when I was studying for my A levels, so it was a great experience working with her on developing Mwgsi.

The creative process included an intense period of sharing stories, improvisation, physical work, story structures and experimenting.

"There was a lot of laughing and crying but it was paramount that Megan and Gwenllian were a part of this from the start. Both felt confident enough to voice their opinions when our imaginations would start to run wild!" added Iola.

"It's been a pleasure to work with a team who have been so open to ideas and who are determined to develop the best script possible."

Initially the thought of sharing her story on stage was strange for Megan: "I feel glad that I've had this opportunity to share my story so we can raise awareness of cancer among young people," added Megan.

"Manon Steffan Ros has used my story as inspiration, and we've tried to make the production as abstract as possible using my blog as a foundation.

I hope that Mwgsi will encourage us all to talk with each other - talk about cancer, illness and mental health. We don’t talk enough."

ENDS

Megsi Tour Details

18 October
1pm & 7.30pm
Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli
01758 704088

20 October
10.45am & 1.45pm
Theatr Twm O’r Nant, Denbigh
01745 812349 / 01745 813431

23 October
7.30pm
Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay
01492 577888 / 872000
theatrcolwyn.co.uk

25 October
7.30pm
Neuadd Buddug, Y Bala
01758 704 088

26 October
7.30pm
Ysgol Y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog
01766 830435

3 & 4 November
7.30pm
Chapter Cardiff
02920 304400
chapter.org

8 November
1.30pm
Pontio, Bangor
01248 382828
pontio.co.uk

9 November
7.30pm
Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni
01248 725700

14 November
7.30pm
Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda
01248 208485
neuaddogwen.com

17 November
6pm
Galeri, Caernarfon
01286 685222
galericaernarfon.com

18 November
7.45pm
Theatr Clwyd, Mold
01352 701521
theatrclwyd.com

20 November
7.30pm
Theatr Felinfach, Dyffryn Aeron
01570 470697
theatrfelinfach.cymru

21 November
7.30pm
St. Peters Civic Hall, Carmarthen
01239 712934

22 November
7.30pm
Ffwrnes Llanelli
0845 2263510
theatrausirgar.co.uk

23 November
7.30pm
Canolfan Gartholwg Pontypridd
01443 219589
gartholwg.org

Artists

Director: Iola Ynyr

Playwright: Manon Steffan Ros

Cast: Mirain Fflur, Ceri Elen and Catrin Mara

Costumes: Angahrad Gwyn

Lighting designer: Ceri James

Music: Ifan Sion Davies

Contact

For further details please contact Carl Russell Owen at Frân Wen on carl@franwen.com or 01248 715048 / 07557 113046

Registered Charity Number 1034245