Conwy's National Eisteddfod plans revealed


June 08, 2019

With under two months to go before the Conwy County National Eisteddfod, organisers have announced details of the evening shows and performances on the Maes this year.  

These includes theatrical shows and comedy evenings.

Following last year’s Cardiff Bay experimental festival, when performances were held in alternative and different locations, organisers will be making the most of all the buildings on the Eisteddfod Maes this year, to offer an ambitious and varied programme. 

Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Betsan Moses, said, “I’m delighted to announce our evening programme around the Maes this year. 

"Evening tickets for the Pavilion are already on sale, and I’m sure today’s programme announcements will appeal to a wide audience.

“Many of these productions are partnerships between the Eisteddfod and a wide range of companies and organisations.  We believe that ensuring that people have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate artistic performances is an integral part of our work at the Eisteddfod. 

"And of course, the programme develops and evolves every year, just like the needs and aspirations of our audiences.

“Providing a stage for new and experimental ideas is also part of our vision, and we’ve been working with projects like Cabarela, which has been a great success across Wales for a few year. 

So, we’re delighted to introduce a brand new stage for shows and performances which are slightly more ‘risque’ than the Pavilion and the Theatre, and the Cabaret Club will throw open its doors at 21:00 every night with a mixture of comedy and theatrical performances.

“We’ve also introduced drama into the Caffi Maes B programme this year, as Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Theatr Clwyd present Bacha, a brand new play by Melangell Dolma about love, friendship and mixed-up emotions, set on the Eisteddfod Maes.  The production is supported by the National Eisteddfod and the Wales Millennium Centre.

“There’ll be two productions in the Theatr on the Maes this year.  X, the winning play in the Cardiff National Eisteddfod Drama Medal competition by Rhydian Gwyn Lewis is a Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru production in association with the National Eisteddfod, with support from the Gwenlyn Parry Literary Estate and the Hugh Griffith Memorial Fund. 

"And Invertigo Theatre Company and Pontio present Derwen, Mared Llywelyn Williams’ Welsh language adaptation of Tim Crouch’s unique theatrical experience.

“We’re also looking forward to this year’s Mas ar y Maes drama commission.  Corn Gwlad is a work-in-progress of a fierce, stirring, hilarious and heart-rending queer recreation of the 1924 Eisteddfod Crowning ceremony, when Prosser Rhys won the Crown for his revolutionary poem about a gay relationship by Elgan Rhys, Gethin Evans and Seiriol Davies.  This will be performed in the Cabaret Club.

“Of course, many people will be keen to explore the Maes until late, and this year sees more free events than ever on the Maes in the evening. 

"We’ve already announced the line up on the open air stage, and Tŷ Gwerin also has a programme of evening gigs, which includes Colorama, Steve Eaves and Alun Tan Lan.  Details to be announced over the next few weeks.

“So, with less than two months to go, the message is clear – the Conwy County National Eisteddfod looks set to be a week to remember – with a fantastic programme of events and activities, to appeal to people of all ages on a pleasant Maes near Llanrwst.

“Tickets available online from www.eisteddfod.wales or by ringing 0845 4090 800 from 10:00, Friday 7 June, and this is where you can also buy tickets for the Pavilion shows and early bird bargain tickets until the end of June.

“We look forward to welcoming you all to Conwy County from 3-10 August this year.”