Faust + Greta live this June
Faust + Greta: An innovative and unique digital theatre experience for audiences in Wales.
We’re delighted to announce details of their new co-production with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Pontio, Faust + Greta. Devised by an ensemble of 13 young people, this digital theatre performance – that offers a unique viewing experience – will be streamed live from Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio, on 18 – 20 June 2021.
Taking their inspiration from T. Gwynn Jones’s Welsh translation of Goethe’s classic, the three organisations have drawn together an ensemble of young people between 17 and 25 years of age from north-west Wales to devise and perform the piece. Since November 2020, the young ensemble have been involved with every aspect of Faust + Greta as they undertake the task of staging a production that will be streamed live, through a series of workshops and exercises. The ensemble – under the guidance of the production’s co-directors, Nia Lynn and Gethin Evans – have now taken the original, familiar story apart and are re-telling it from the perspective of young Welsh people today.
Staged in an empty theatre, Faust + Greta will embrace social distancing restrictions in order to offer an innovative digital theatre experience, with a combination of different camera angles shown concurrently on the screen, giving the audience an opportunity to immerse themselves in every aspect of the story. In addition to learning from the expertise of the directors Nia Lynn and Gethin Evans, the young ensemble will have an opportunity to work with a stellar creative team including: Elin Steele (Set and Costume Designer); Ceri James (Lighting Designer); Sam Jones (Composer and Sound Designer) and Nico Dafydd (Digital Content Designer).
Very soon, we will also be announcing the names of the young ensemble, together with the names of the professional actors who will be joining them to perform the piece and realise their ambition.
Tickets for this digital experience are now for sale on-line: pontio.ticketco.events
Ifan Pritchard, a member of the young ensemble, said:
“Faust is a classic, but it also reaches out to so many possibilities to create our own little contemporary world within the world of the original. I hope that what we create will represent the original characters as well as identifying the characters with our own situation as young people living in 2021.”
Nia Lynn, the co-director of the production, said:
“I have worked on classical texts for many years with many great companies and in many exceptional situations. However, the energy, originality and relevance that this company of young people have discovered in Faust + Greta is soul-inspiring. It has been an honour to work with such a diligent, rigorously capable and artistic ensemble with a fabulous creative team that has put all other processes into the shadows. The bar has been raised for theatre-making in Wales, in terms of process, and I can’t wait to see and share the product with you.”
Gethin Evans, Artistic Director of Frân Wen and the co-director of the production, said:
“I’ve been so inspired by this ensemble, creative team and T. Gwynn Jones’ magical translation. After months of discussing, creating and connecting, I’m very excited that we’re able to share this contemporary version of the classic from the perspective of young people in north-west Wales today. We have been led by the young ensemble and are extremely grateful for their energy and passion. It has been a privilege to work alongside Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Pontio during such a challenging time, to redefine this text and explore new ways of sharing Welsh-language theatre with audiences.”
Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said:
“We’re very pleased to be collaborating with with Frân Wen and Pontio at such a challenging time for us in the theatre world at the moment, as production companies and as venues. And working directly with young people to create a theatre event always guarantees originality and an unexpected angle; I can’t remember any period in the company’s history in which this has been as true as it is with this particular production. It is Theatr Gen’s constant ambition to present the classics from the world of theatre and literature in surprising ways, and I’m delighted to say that never before will Faust have been seen as it will be in this production!”
Osian Gwynn, Director of Pontio, added:
“It has been absolutely incredible to see this project develop and come to fruition and I’m really excited to experience the final production. After all the challenges of the last year, I’m so proud that we three companies have worked together on such an innovative concept, which has already generated a lot of interest – across Wales and beyond. With the Welsh Government celebrating Wales in Germany this year, it’s fitting that we stage T. Gwynn Jones’s adaptation of a work by Goethe, one of Germany’s most famous writers. This is a project and a production that, I’m sure, will remain etched on our memory for a long time!”