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Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru announces that it will tour two plays during spring 2019

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is delighted to announce that it will tour two plays as a double bill – Merched Caerdydd (Cardiff Girls) by Catrin Dafydd, and Nos Sadwrn o Hyd (Saturday Night Forever) by Roger Williams – during spring 2019. The tour will visit venues across Wales during March and April 2019. 12 Oct 2018

The two plays were first presented earlier this year as part of the programme of theatre at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod’s Drama Village. Following an excellent response from audiences there, it is a privilege for the company to be able to share these two contemporary, gripping plays, by two of Wales’ boldest writers.

2018 was an exceptional year for Catrin Dafydd. She was awarded the Crown at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod, hot on the heels of her winning the Welsh-language Fiction Book of the Year Award 2018 for Gwales, her experimental novel. Merched Caerdydd was presented for the first time as a work in progress, as part of Theatr Gen Creu yn y Steddfod (Theatr Gen Creu at the Eisteddfod), in association with the National Eisteddfod of Wales. After a period of further development, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is looking forward to presenting this edgy play by one of the stars of Welsh literature.

Nos Sadwrn o Hyd is a Welsh-language adaptation by Roger Williams of his own English-language play, Saturday Night Forever. The original play was immediately popular with audiences and critics alike, and the work was presented in the Welsh language for the first time by the company OOMFF at this year’s Eisteddfod as part of Mas ar y Maes, a new project organised by the Eisteddfod, Stonewall Cymru and the LGBT+ community in Wales. A well-known name in the world of Welsh drama, Roger is responsible for several popular television series, including Caerdydd and Bang. Bang has won a number of significant awards, the Celtic Media Festival Award for Best Drama Series and has received five BAFTA Cymru nominations (the awards will be presented on 14 October 2018). Roger’s work for the stage includes Tir Sir Gâr (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, 2013).

The two plays will be presented one after the other, with a break in between. They both follow the stories of various characters living in the Welsh capital and are the work of writers who understand the city’s people and communities. Here’s a taster of the plays:

Merched Caerdydd (Cardiff Girls)

by Catrin Dafydd

Cardiff is home to Cariad, Liberty and Awen. Whilst they each tread a very different path in life, they have more in common than their city alone. Here are three young, bright, and perhaps unexpected women from contemporary Wales, each trying to make sense of their messy lives. Women trying to come to terms with their past whilst navigating their futures. But will change be possible? Or has their fate already been sealed?

Nos Sadwrn o Hyd (Saturday Night Forever)

by Roger Williams

Following a messy break-up sound-tracked by Take That, Lee goes looking for love and finds it. For a short while life is sweet, but after every Saturday night dawns the harsh reality of Sunday morning and, as Lee discovers, nothing lasts forever.

Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru said:

"These two plays paint an unexpected picture of contemporary Wales that is sure to challenge our expectations. At times playful and other times devastatingly truthful, here are two uncompromising visions by two Welsh-language writers who are on top of their game, and it’s an honour for us as a company to give them a national platform."

A Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru production, in association with the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Mas ar y Maes and OOMFF. Full details about the tour and cast to follow soon.

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