If you want to watch Welsh-language drama, try to catch one of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru's productions.

Since it was set up in 2003, the company has put on some ground-breaking productions. 'Y Bont' (The Bridge), for example, took the audience around Aberystwyth in a convoy of vintage buses while 'Blodeuwedd' was ambitiously staged on a hill in North Wales.

And it doesn't matter if your Welsh isn't fluent. Theatr Genedlaethol uses subtitles but also launched a translation app in 2014 which describes key moments and explains main scenes in English.

Other Companies

There are several other professional theatre companies staging work in Welsh including Theatr Bara Caws, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Theatr na nOg and Sherman Cymru.

Some theatre companies – such as Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch, Cwmni’r Frân Wen and Theatr Iolo – specialise in productions for children and young people, while Dirty Protest theatre supports new writing.

There’s a comprehensive list of professional and amateur theatre companies on the Theatre in Wales website.

National Eisteddfod

The National Eisteddfod plays host to different theatrical performances each year, many of which are staged in a purpose-built theatre on the Eisteddfod field or ‘maes’.

Numerous drama competitions are also staged during the week and on Thursday afternoon, the Drama Medal is awarded to the best playwright in a special ceremony in the Pavilion.

If you’re learning Welsh, you can go along to one of the drama sessions organised by Maes D, the Eisteddfod’s centre for learning Welsh.  A number of drama companies discuss their work and offer pointers to anyone who wants to go and see the performances.

Children and Young People

There are many opportunities for children and young people to act and work backstage. Cwmni Theatr Ieuenctid yr Urdd, Theatr Ieuenctid Cymru, Theatr Ieuenctid Môn in Anglesey and Ysgol Theatr Maldwyn in Mid Wales are just some of the Welsh language youth theatre groups.

Mentrau Iaith

The Mentrau Iaith language initiatives also organise drama activities for children.  You can find your local menter on the Mentrau website.

Venues

There are different venues across the country – from Venue Cymru in Llandudno to Theatr Felin Fach near Lampeter and the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.  Have a look at the Creu Cymru website for a full list of venues.

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