CHWAREL / July 2014

A professional theatre production from young people in conjunction with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Chwalfa production. 

Chwarel was a theatre performance created and delivered by young people from North Wales through Frân Wen’s participation programme, Brain.

“The young people had the opportunity to try writing, designing, sound and lighting, acting and marketing – whatever field they were interested in. We hosted sessions with professional artists and technicians, and together we created Chwarel,” said Chwarel manager Ffion Haf Jones, which is run in partnership with Theatr Genedlaethol and Pontio.

Chwalfa follows the story of 2,800 workers who, in protest of working conditions walked out of their jobs at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda in November 1900. This heralded the start of the Great Strike at the Penrhyn Quarry, one of the largest and longest disputes ever seen in the industrial history of Britain.

Brain aims to find enthusiastic young people who are interested in the arts, and wish to contribute to exciting and innovative work, giving them the opportunity to share ideas and to be mentored by experienced staff and professional artists.

­Talking about the new project, Iola Ynyr, Cwmni Frân Wen’s Artistic Director said: “Young people are the future of Welsh theatre. Nurturing new talent and developing innovative Welsh language writers is a priority for Frân Wen.”