The first volume of a two-book series devoted to Welsh writing for the theatre,  A Dirty Broth, contains the complete texts of just three plays. You might think that an unrepresentative selection, but nonconformism, bilingualism, a small and relatively rural population, the so-called Treachery of the Blue Books (Brad y Llyfrau Gleision), and a porous border […]
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Locating the Audience: How People Found Value in National Theatre Wales

As a keen Cardiff-born theatregoer, Sophie Baggott found this exploration of the birth of Wales’ English-language national theatre company both delightful and difficult in turn

PUBLISHED ON: 19/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The opening chapter is a fascinating analysis of why and how audiences should be studied through a thought-provoking explanation of burning issues in …

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Firebird

Deryn Rees-Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Poetry

(in memory of Julia Damassa Tobin, 1966–2018) Do you remember, Julia, that night you found me on Lonpobty without keys? Midnight, drunken midnight, st …

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The Wolf Tattoo

Nathan Llywelyn Munday, though saddened by the experience, enjoyed how this playwright explores toxic masculine gang culture with an approach that is all at once animalistic, primordial, and scarily current

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

However hard the playwright tries, the theatre tends to be us and them. Usually, the audience return to a St Mellons, a Pontprennau or a Birchgrove. T …

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Troelus a Chresyd

Steffan Donnelly

PUBLISHED ON: 31/01/18

CATEGORY: Opinion

As an actor who has been styling out ruff, doublet, and breeches for a few years and whose mother tongue is Welsh, I’ve always been a bit jealous that …

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The Ape on the Rock

Kirsty Sedgman

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Essays

In taxis and nightclubs. On railway bridges and in libraries. Walking through a British military range in the Brecon Beacons, or investigating a terra …

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The Map and the Clock

Ellen Bell

PUBLISHED ON: 01/06/17

CATEGORY: Reviews

Sitting in Aberystwyth’s Arts Centre’s Theatre Bar Café, way too early for the theatre doors to open, I think about who goes to poetry recitals. That …

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Yfory

Sarah Reynolds

PUBLISHED ON: 31/05/17

CATEGORY: Reviews

Post Brexit, many of us have felt like letting out an angry cry of despair. Siôn Eirian has framed his despair with a proscenium arch and called it Yf …

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Negative Space

Linda Rhinehart

PUBLISHED ON: 28/05/17

CATEGORY: Reviews

I attended a production of the play Negative Space at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Tuesday 28 February. The brainchild of the Belgium/UK-based Reckless …

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Breaking the Spell of Loneliness

Linda Rhinehart

PUBLISHED ON: 25/05/17

CATEGORY: Reviews

On Saturday 11 February at 8pm I attended the event ‘Breaking the Spell of Loneliness’ by George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan at the Aberystwyth Arts Cen …

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