A new contemporary Welsh lesson has been created to give Welsh learners the opportunity to experience the latest production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, 'Y Tad'.
The drama is a new translation by Geraint Løvgreen of ‘Le Père’ by Florian Zeller and was the winner of the competition to translate a drama into Welsh at the Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod, 2016. The original won the Molière Prize 2014 for the best drama.
The lesson, for Uwch/Advanced level learners, includes video interviews with Arwel Gruffydd, the Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol, and Catrin Mara, who acts in the play. There will be an opportunity to look at a piece of the script and discuss one of the themes of the drama, dementia.
During the performances, it will also be possible to use the app created by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, 'Sibrwd', which offers a live audio translation for non-Welsh speakers and Welsh beginners.
Helen Prosser, Director of Strategy for the National Centre for Learning Welsh, said: "It is very important that all aspects of our contemporary culture are open to those who learn Welsh. That’s why the National Centre works with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and other partners. A lesson like this to help learners enjoy Welsh-language productions opens another door to our learners. "
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, with the support of Pontio, Canolfan Garth Olwg, the Sherman Theatre and Theatr Felinfach, are also supporting the National Centre’s new pilot scheme, 'Siarad'. ‘Siarad’ aims to bring together Welsh speakers and learners, so that learners can practice speaking Welsh. People taking part in the scheme will receive 10% discount on ticket prices in the above locations.
Rhian Davies, Executive Producer at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said: "We’re very pleased that these kind of lessons are prepared. The lesson will be a way of attracting learners to the world of Welsh drama, providing context for this production and enriching their experience of Welsh language and culture beyond the classroom.”
The tour starts at Pontio, Bangor on 21 February. For a full list of performances visit theatr.cymru
For more information, please contact Hawys Roberts, Chief Communications Officer, National Centre for Learning Welsh firstname.lastname@example.org or 01970 621565.