The Anweledig Journey
In 2012, Frân Wen received an invitation from Prof David Healy, a leading psychiatrist in his field, to discuss research documenting the experiences of North Wales mental health patients from the mid 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century.
Prof David Healy’s hope was that the research would lead to a creative legacy that would ultimately challenge the social stigma associated with mental health illness, looking at historical experiences in today’s context. This was the start of the Anweledig journey.
The first step in the creative process was to commission Aled Jones Williams. It was a natural choice because of his willingness and courage to penetrate the darkest areas with sensitivity and, often, humour. The way he handles words and his dramatic visual narrative has the ability to shake the audiences to its very core. To avoid becoming fixed down with the historical records, Aled was given the freedom to interpret the research in his own way.
The first part of the monologue was performed in the Art Zone at the Denbigh National Eisteddfod in 2013 (see picture above), and following an overwhelming response to Ffion Dafis’ performance, the monologue went on a mini-tour of Wales visiting small intimate venues such as art galleries and museums. In response to the success of the readings, the script was developed further when Frân Wen commissioned a second part in 2015. Frân Wen took the opportunity to share new ‘wrok-in-progress’ verison in a unique interpretation at the National Eisteddfod of Cardiff in 2018.
“It has been a privilege to share the development of the production with audiences across Wales in recent years. Undoubtedly, the honest and sincere response has had significant influence on the process of creating the final work,” said Nia Jones, Frân Wen Operations Manager.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Anweledig in its entirety at the following venues across Wales:
ANWELEDIG TOUR DATES
Canolfan Celfyddydau Aberystwyth
05.03.19 – 08.03.19
Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
12.03.19 & 13.03.19
Theatr y Ffwrnes Llanelli
18.03.19 – 21.03.19
26.03.19 – 27.03.19