Theatr Pena is touring Wales in early 2018 with Women of Flowers, a new adaptation of the Saunders’ Lewis classic reimagining of the Mabinogi myth of Blodeuwedd.
The show, which has a stunning cast including several award-winning actresses, Betsan Llwyd, Sara Gregory and Eiry Thomas, and is written by another award-winner, the Welsh writer Siôn Eirian. The work combines Saunders Lewis’s Welsh language verse drama of the same name with original material to create a dark fantasy.
In this, the company’s first co-production with Taliesin Arts Centre, the company promises a dynamic and visually rich production of a very ancient tale of betrayal and retribution.
The cast includes Theatr Pena Company Members, Betsan Llwyd as the embittered goddess Arianrhod and Eiry Thomas as the malevolent wizard Gwydion and veteran Welsh actress and singer Olwen Rees as Blodeuwedd’s loyal maid Rhagnell.
Rhys Meredith, who played Tom Wingfield in Theatr Pena’s acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie, returns to the Company to play the treacherous Lord Gronw.
Appearing with Theatr Pena for the first time is Sara Gregory as the woman of flowers Blodeuwedd and Oliver Morgan-Thomas as the betrayed warrior prince Llew.
Director Erica Eirian, composer Peter Knight, movement director Caroline Lamb, designer Holly McCarthy, lighting designer Kay Haynes and creative producer Ceri James, the team behind the Company’s successful spring 2016 touring production of The Glass Menagerie, are joined by Cameraman Peter Firth and the BAFTA winning Film Editor Dafydd Hunt. In a develpment for the Company the production will fuse poetic text, film, movement and music to create a performance experience.
Woman of Flowers opens in Taliesin Arts Centre for a run of three performances: Thursday 1st February, Friday 2nd February and Saturday 3rd February before touring Wales from Tuesday 6th February to Friday 9th March to the following venues:
Torch Theatre Milford Haven, Theatr Mwldan Cardigan, Garth Olwg Centre Church Village, Blackwood Miners Institute, Riverfront Theatre Newport, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff (two performances), Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon, Theatr Clwyd Mold (two performances), Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Lyric Carmarthen, Hafren Newtown, Neuadd Dwyfor Pwllheli, Galeri Caernarfon (two performances).
For more information on Theatr Pena visit www.theatrpena.co.uk
Audio Described: Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, Saturday 3rd February
Captioned: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Saturday 17th February Captioned: Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Friday 23rd February
Cyd-Gynhyrchiad Theatr Pena | Taliesin Arts Centre Co-Production
English Language Production
Age suitability 12+
Running Time Approx. 1 hour 20 minutes (no interval)