‘Mr Bulkeley o’r Brynddu’ tours Wales

A scene from Mr Bulkeley o'r Brynddu.

Pirates, cock-fighting, drunken judges; life in eighteenth century Wales was riotous and adventurous, and had its highlights and challenges: all reflected in ‘Mr Bulkeley o’r Brynddu’, a unique bilingual production touring Wales in April.

Having received great reviews and filled halls and theatres during the first tour, Cwmni Pendraw are re-touring with their own perspective on the Wales of three centuries ago.

The production is based on the diaries of William Bulkeley, an Anglesey squire. His own words are interspersed with dramatic scenes and music, portraying an authentic voice from rural Wales of a bygone age- though with twists and turns, crises and celebrations enough to resemble a modern soap opera!

Script writer and producer Wyn Bowen Harries, who also plays diarist William Bulkeley said: “When I read the Anglesey squire’s diaries, I was struck by their inherent drama, but also how they provide a fantastic record of rural life in Wales in an overlooked period of our history. As a result, this show is a little different to what you might expect, as Mr Bulkeley himself is present, writing his diaries and speaking with the audience.”

Welsh television and theatre actors, Rhodri Siôn and Manon Wilkinson are utterly believable as they move through a pageant of characters drawn from the diaries. Traditional folk musicians Stephen Rees, Huw Roberts and Gwenno Roberts bring music from the period, some of it recorded in the diaries, to life, adding another layer of authenticity to the production.

“We received such a positive response from audiences during our first tour of north Wales, that we felt we could take the production further afield and are delighted to be adding dates in south and west Wales and even London to this tour,” added Wyn Bowen Harries.

Due to the bilingual nature of the production, it should be suitable for Welsh learners. It is also suitable for an audience aged 11+.

Tour details: every showing starts at 7.30:

Tuesday 12/4/16 Neuadd Goffa Cricieth                        01766 780667     theatrharlech.com

Wednesday  13/4/16 Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli             01758 704088 gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor

Friday 15/4/16     Y Stiwt, Rhosllanerchrhugog              01978 841300 stiwt.com

Saturday 16/4/16 Canolfan Ucheldre, Caergybi/Holyhead 01407 763361 ucheldre.com

Monday 18/4/16 Theatr Clwyd, Yr Wyddgrug/Mold    01352 701521 theatrclwyd.com

Tuesday 19/4/16 Theatr Y Werin Aberystwyth             01970 623232 aberystwythatrscentre.co.uk

Wednesday  20/4/16 Theatr Mwldan Aberteifi/Cardigan           01239 621200 mwldan.co.uk

Thursday 21/4/16 Theatr Y Miners, Rhydaman/Ammanford       0845 2263510 theatrausirgar.co.uk

Friday 22/4/16     Y Llwyfan Caerfyrddin/Carmarthen  01239 712934 mentergorllewinsirgar.cymru

Sunday 24/4/16   Canolfan Cymru Llundain/London Welsh 157 Gray’s   Inn Rd. WC1X 8U 02078373722   londonwelsh.org

Tuesday 26/4/16 Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio, Bangor   01248 382828 pontio.co.uk

Thursday 28/4/16 Theatr y Borough, Y Fenni/Abergafenny 01873 850805 boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk

Friday 29/4/16     Canolfan Gartholwg, Pontypridd       01443 219589 gartholwg.org

Saturday 30/4/16 Neuadd Llanover Hall, Caerdydd/Cardiff         02920 631144