Details of this year’s Eisteddfod Drama Village programme were announced today (16 May). Home to Theatr y Maes, Caffi’r Theatrau, Cwt Drama, and Sinemaes, the programme offers a wide range of events and activities, showcasing a wide range of artistic elements across the week.
Sinemaes returns to the Drama Village following its successful launch last year. The project is co-ordinated by BAFTA Cymru, Film Hub Wales, Chapter, Into Film Cymru, BFI NETWORK, The Royal Television Society, BBC, S4C, The National Screen and Sound Archive, Archive, TAC, Gorilla, Cwmni Pendraw and Creative Unions Working Together. Content partners include Cwmni Da, Rondo, Pontio, Canolfan Ucheldre and others.
Hannah Raybould from BAFTA Cymru said, “Sinemaes partners are very excited to return to the Maes for the second time this year with a programme celebrating the locality. With archive films celebrating our coast, local filmmakers and feature films with links to north Wales we are confident we have something for everyone. The week offers 45 events and activities, with workshops for young people, premieres as well as Q&A sessions with BAFTA winners. For the first time this year, thanks to Arts Council of Wales funding, we will be streaming events online for those not able to make it to the Eisteddfod and will be co-ordinating four fringe events across the island.”
Sioned Edwards is the organsier of the drama village on behalf of the Eisteddfod and works closely with partners from the Cwt Drama and Sinemaes as well as members of the local Drama committee.
Sioned said, “The Drama Village has developed over the last few years into a exciting and dynamic space which is a fitting showcase to the vibrant theatre and film industry in Wales. Theatr y Maes itself is once again sponsored by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and we are grateful to them for their continued support. Our other supporters include Cronfa Gari and the Arts Council of Wales.”
Fflur Thomas on behalf of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru added, “We are delighted once again to work with several companies and individuals to present new, experimental and interesting work. These presentations vary from shows for children and young people, to readings of work which is in development, and workshops. The programme of activity that we have helped to co-ordinate is broad and appealing. It will be great to be a part once again of the buzz and excitement of the Drama Village.”
Tickets for Estron (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) and Dim Byd Ynni (Theatr Bara Caws) available for £5 (plus Maes admission) from www.eisteddfod.wales or by ringing the ticketline on 0845 4090 800.
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held in Bodedern from 4-12 August. Early bird tickets available until 30 June.
Full details of the programme will be online soon. You can browse all the event headines below in the meantime