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Friends From Brittany Visit To Create New Work

Friends From Brittany Visit To Create New Work

The creative teams of Teatr Piba and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru met for the first time in October last year, when they visited Carmarthen. The idea for working together was planted, and after Arwel Gruffydd, the Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru visited Brittany at the end of 2013, it was decided to develop the ideas further.

The visit from Teatr Piba this week in Carmarthen is a chance to carry on with the process of developing a theatre co-production between the two companies.

The three that visited Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru this week were Thomas Cloarec (Artistic Director), Mainwenn Le Nedellec (Projects and Development Manager) and Aziliz Broug├Ęs (Author). Teatr Piba, established in 2009, are based in Kemper in Brittany and they produce work through the medium of Breton and French. Thomas Cloarec also directed work in Laos recently, and is therefore used to creating International, multi-lingual projects.

Owen Martell, the Welsh Book of the Year 2001 winner for his novel ‘Cadw dy Ffydd, Brawd’ has joined the project to develop the play and script the Welsh dialogue. Owen was a perfect choice for the work as he is now based in Paris and speaks fluent French.

Arwel Gruffydd, the Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru said:

"We’re starting with a clean sheet, which is great. This week lets us explore themes and stories that are of interest to both cultures. At the end of the workshop we’ll have an idea for a story, and the authors will carry on developing it over the coming months. We’ll meet up again in Brittany in December."

During the week both companies worked with actors from Wales to further develop some ideas. Visits have been penciled for the future as the project grows, and the hope is that the end product will be ready within the next two years.

For more information please contact Lowri Johnston, Senior Marketing Officer, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, lowri.johnston@theatr.com / 01267 245617


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