The three year project will culminate with an ambitious performance of ‘Sneb yn Becso Dam, a brand new musical based on the music of the album of the same name by ‘70’s and ‘80’s super-group Edward H Dafis next year. And today (Friday, 4th November) as the youngsters get together for their first residential course at the Urdd Residential Centre, Llangrannog, the tour dates have been announced:
- Theatr y Lyric, Carmarthen Wednesday, 11th July
- Sherman Cymru, Cardiff Friday, 13th July
- Pavilion, Rhyl Monday, 16th July
Over 60 youngsters from all over Wales will be part of the production with the majority of them attending the first course – from Friday to Sunday – which forms part of a comprehensive rehearsal programme from November to July next year.
The Youth Theatre Company’s Director Jeremy Turner said, "When we set out on this three year project, I set out a number of objectives. These included ensuring members of the company could learn at the hands of a variety of professional, creative artists, use contemporary performance styles – some of them unconventional which are part of young people’s everyday lives and show that it’s possible to create a young and dynamic production using Welsh-language material.
"We’re very proud, that the record label Sain and members of the band Edward H Dafis have given their consent for us to use ‘Sneb yn Becso Dam as a basis for our national production in 2012. The songs talk about the tensions facing young people as they choose between life in the country or city, between protecting our heritage and creating a vibrant Wales in the twenty first century; this will no doubt form the basis of an interesting discussion amongst the whole company."
Aled Siôn, Director of the Urdd National Eisteddfod said: "The Youth Theatre Company is a very exciting project and we look forward to seeing the production, which will be the culmination of this three year project. This first residential course will offer the Company a good, solid base as they work towards this production which will shed new light on an album which is so familiar to us all."
The Urdd Youth Theatre is part of Power of the Flame funded by Legacy Trust UK which celebrates the Cultural Olympiad in Wales and creates and ensures a lasting legacy for the Olympic and Paralympics Games in London 2012.
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- In 2012 the Eisteddfod will visit Eryri and in 2013 it will be held in Pembrokeshire
- The Urdd National Eisteddfod forms part of Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Wales’ Largest Youth Organisation
- Urdd Gobaith Cymru has around 50,000 members between 8 and 25 years old
- The Urdd aims to give the children and young people of Wales an opportunity to live their lives through the medium of Welsh, developing confidence and respect for each other and the people of the world
- Urdd activities include tours and visits, sports, Eisteddfodau, magazines, adrannau and aelwydydd and residential centres