Llyfr Glas Nebo tour details
We’re delighted to announce full details of our forthcoming stage adaptation tour of Llyfr Glas Nebo, Manon Steffan Ros’ post-apocalyptic best-selling novel.
In partnership with Galeri, the production will tour Welsh theatres in Spring 2020.
The novel has made a huge impression since its publication nearly 12 months ago. A week after winning the Prose Medal in the 2018 Cardiff National Eisteddfod, a reprint was being prepared, and in June it swept the boards at the Wales Book of the Year awards.
Llyfr Glas Nebo follows the amazing story of Siôn, his mother Rowenna and his young sister, Dwynwen. Their story is recorded in a blue notebook as the family tries to survive a nuclear accident that has a catastrophic effect on the inhabitants of the village of Nebo and beyond.
“The moment I read it I instantly knew it had to be adapted for stage, it has huge potential to create a truly theatrical experience for the audience,” said Nia Jones, Frân Wen’s Executive Director.
“It’s an extremely dramatic and emotional story and is particularly relevant in today’s world.
And it’s Manon Steffan Ros herself who is responsible for adapting the book to stage.
“It was a no-brainer to ask Manon to adapt it for the stage. She’s lived with the characters for a longtime, she knows them more than anybody and understands how far she can push them,” added Nia.
“We’ve worked a lot with her over the years – in fact her first professional job was with Frân Wen as an actor nearly 20 years ago and more recently as a playwright – so we know how open she is to explore and capitalize on what theatre as a medium can offer to a good story.”
The director is Elgan Rhys, set and costume designer is Elin Steele and the composer is Robin Edwards (R.Seiliog).
“By adapting this gripping story to stage, it will bring to life the wealth of Manon’s imagination, characterization and linguistic skills. We’re aiming to force the audience to question how they live, love and care about the world around them,” said director Elgan.
“She has managed to add new dimensions to this story which we’re all really excited about.”
Nici Beech, Galeri’s Artistic Director, said: “We are delighted to be working again with Fran Wen, and we’re excited from the off about the possibility of introducing Manon’s powerful novel to a new audience.
“She is a very talented and popular writer and playwright – the work she has already created with Frân Wen has proven her ability to create theatre that appeals to a wide range of ages.”
The tour starts in Galeri, Caernarfon on 31 January before visiting Pwllheli, Cardiff, Brecon, Aberystwyth, Rhosllannerchrugog, Gartholwg, Carmarthen, Pontardawe, Dyffryn Aeron – and ending in Pontio Bangor on the 5th and 6th of March.