Theatr Bara Caws is touring Meic Povey’s last play for the award-winning company.
Huw and Bet have been married for 40 years and their only child, Gareth, is about to marry Cerys. There are arrangements to be made. Huw insists on taking part, but with his mind slowly disintegrating secrets old and new could be disclosed. But is Huw quite as bad as he seems? How does Bet cope with her situation? Why is Gareth so obsessed with ‘the sins of the fathers’, and does Cerys see the father reflected in the son?
A thought-provoking take on this omnipresent topic combines humour and tragedy, in Dwyn i Gof (Bring to Mind) Meic Povey’s last play for Bara Caws.
In Meic’s own words, “I wanted to write about this particular subject because: Of all the things that can kill us — and as that famous American, (sic) Anthony Hopkins, once said, ‘nobody gets out of this alive’ — personally, losing your mind is what frightens me most.”
Betsan Llwyd, Bara Caws’ Artistic Director explains:“Meic had sent us the play last year, and we had just started discussing the project further when he became gravely ill. He’d already said that there was work to do on it, so that left me in a quandary. Then a couple of days after he died I received a card from him, sent by Catrin his daughter, and in his own inimitable way, challenging me to get to grips with the work asap — and as Catrin said — ‘Who are we to ignore that?’ So here we are! I’ll miss the opportunity to discuss, debate and challenge, but it will be — as always — a privilege.”
The cast includes well-known faces on stage and screen:
Sara Gregory– Best Actress WTA 2015 – Contractions(Iain Goosey/Chapter);Woman of Flowers (Pena); Home, I’m Darling (National Theatre/Theatr Clwyd); Best Actress BAFTA Cymru 2013 – Alys (Apollo/S4C);Byw Celwydd (Tarian/S4C); Y Gwyll/Hinterland (Fiction Factory/BBC/S4C)
Gwenno Elis Hodgkins– Nominated Best Actress WTA 2015 – Drych (Frân Wen); Yn Debyg Iawn i Ti a Fi (Bara Caws and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru; Ŵy Chips a Nain (Frân Wen); Sombreros (Cwmni Da/S4C); Tipyn o Stad (Cwmni Da/S4C); Y Mynydd Grug (Llun y Felin/S4C)
Rhodri Meilir– Best Actor Manchester Theatre Awards 2018 How My Light is Spent, (Manchester Royal Exchange); Mametz (NTW); Lysh (Bara Caws); Byw Celwydd (Tarian/S4C); Dan y Wenallt/Under Milk Wood (fFati fFilms/Kevin Allen)); Craith/Hidden (Severn Films/BBC/S4C)
Llion Williams– Best Actor Welsh Language WTA 2016 – Chwalfa (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); Best Actor English Language WTA 2016 – Belonging (Re-Live); Difa andLlanast! (Bara Caws); Lan a Lawr (S4C); Y Gwyll/Hinterland (Fiction Factory/BBC/S4C); C’Mon Middfild (Nant/S4C)