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Science, Stage and the Next Generation

In conversation with Louis Michaud and Geinor Styles about Eye of the Storm.

When theatre director Geinor Styles was developing her latest musical play for south Wales theatre company, Theatr na nÓg, she stumbled upon a problem. Her main character in Eye of the Storm – touring UK theatres this autumn – is a 14-year-old called Emmie who dreams of chasing tornadoes in the USA. Styles wanted Emmie to invent something that harnesses the energy from a tornado, an invention which helps her realise her ambition in the story. “It needed to be something so fantastical that it didn’t exist yet, but it also had to be something factually possible too,” she recalls. “As soon as I researched this, Louis Michaud’s name came up again and again.”

Canadian engineer Louis Michaud has been working on artificially creating tornadoes and then utilising their power for over 40 years. It’s a line of enquiry he hopes will eventually lead to drastically reducing carbon emissions in the production of electricity. “A large hurricane produces more energy than all the electricity we produce in a year,” Michaud says, “so if we can produce a number of small tornadoes, then effectively we could produce our electricity without any greenhouse gas… We can produce clean energy.”

Louis Michaud is the epitome of the obsessive inventor with a gentle, almost professorial air. He has toiled over his idea for decades in his spare time while working as an engineer at his local oil company, only committing to it full-time when he retired.

Eventually, in 2012, Michaud received a grant of $300,000 to build a large-scale prototype of what he calls his Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE) in his hometown of Sarnia, Ontario. “We don’t like to use the word tornado because it scares people!” he smiles. The AVE is a chimney tower in which a tornado, or vortex, is artificially generated using heat at ground level and then turbines that push the air upwards. “To produce a vortex, you need two things: you need warm air that has the potential to be buoyant as it rises, and you also need rotation.”

“I read about Louis and his invention online,” Geinor Styles remembers, “and my first thought was to contact him to tell him what we were doing. I didn’t want him to think we were stealing his idea! I found his e-mail address, never expecting a response – but then he got back to me really quickly and we got talking about it. He was really onboard.”

What was Michaud’s reaction when a Welsh theatre contacted him to discuss using his project within their musical? “I thought it was wonderful,” he smiles. “Geinor had picked up on the idea of the vortex engine, and really understood what I was trying to achieve, and so I was delighted to co-operate on it. It was a real pleasure.”

Michaud’s Atmospheric Vortex Engine would become an integral part of Styles’s play, with the engineer acting as consultant and eventually flying from Canada to see the premiere.

Eye of the Storm originally opened in 2017 (it will tour again this autumn across the UK). It’s an uplifting musical with songs by Grammy-winning songwriter Amy Wadge, but it delivers some powerful messages. The story’s hero, Emmie, is a young carer looking after her mother in a caravan park in Aberdare in south Wales. She is striving to realise her lofty ambitions while struggling to take care of things at home.

When Louis Michaud saw the play, though, he immediately made an observation that resonated with Styles, inspiring her to rewrite parts of the script. “Originally, all we wanted was for Emmie to be a girl with big aspirations, who invents something to do with extreme weather systems,” says Styles. “It was only when Louis Michaud told us that what we’ve done is create a climate change musical, that we realised how important that aspect was. Since 2017, those issues have become a huge priority for us all, and so we’ve tweaked a lot of the things about that. Emmie realises that what she does could change the world.”

Michaud remembers that first night. “It was very enjoyable. I liked the story and the theme of the teenage carer, but it was also about how young people can really change things. And I loved how the play is encouraging girls to pursue their studies in science.”

Geinor Styles agrees: “That’s always been a big driver of this play, from discussions with teachers saying they’ve got a real problem of girls dropping out of the STEM subjects in school.” The lead character in Eye of the Storm eschews the depressing statistics of females being under-represented in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects in our schools, a trend that is unsurprisingly reflected beyond education (women made up just 14.4% of the STEM workforce in 2018). “We had a young carer in last week and she wants to study medicine. I asked why she did, and she said it’s because it’s factual, it’s right, it’s truth. I think that’s really interesting, especially from a theatre point of view, as we try to present truth on stage – but the fact that we’ve got these girls who can see what truth really is, is brilliant.”

Perhaps perceptions are finally changing, with the world’s most celebrated climate activist currently being a teenage girl. “I just read the last script of the play (for the touring version) and Geinor makes a reference to Greta Thunberg which I think is brilliant,” says Michaud. “And one of the things that Greta says is that although it’s the young people who need this and need to act, they still have to get the older people with the experience and the knowhow to help… And so, I hope I can do my bit to support that.”

The ethos behind Eye of the Storm led to Theatr na nÓg finding itself at the vanguard of art and science. OISTAT is a global network of specialist theatre makers who are interested in the unlimited possibilities of technology in design, and they invited the company to showcase its on-stage tornado – inspired by Michaud’s Atmospheric Vortex Engine – as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. A demonstration was given to stage design students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama who then explored ways of replicating Michaud’s tornado in front of an audience.

Theatr na nÓg was then invited this year to present the play in Hong Kong as part of the British Council’s SPARK: The Science of Art and Creativity festival. It was heralded by organisers as epitomising how art and science can co-exist to project important messages to audiences. The team was joined in Hong Kong by Technocamps, an organisation that delivers workshops in programming, coding and app and games development to young people across Wales, further cementing the relationship between art and science and technology.

The company’s commitment to encouraging young people to engage with STEM subjects continues closer to home. The team recently collaborated with primary school children from in and around Swansea to create an original new app. Their extraordinary creation is now available through the App Store and Google Play and provides interactive activities, classroom challenges and behind the scenes content to inspire school projects linked to topics such as climate change, inspired of course by Emmie’s story in Eye of the Storm.

Geinor Styles recognises the responsibility the company has: “To get more young people to be inquisitive and curious about the world but, importantly, for the older generation to support them, is so important. We want young people – and yes, especially girls – to see science as being as worthy as any other subject matter and as being a real career choice. It’s so important we support these young people in these choices they might want to make. If we could stimulate a young girl into thinking she can actually save the planet and truly change something, then that would be job done for me!”

With Eye of the Storm set to tour Wales, England and Scotland during the next two months, it’s hoped that the show’s messages can be carried far and wide. “The play is for enjoyment and is wonderful entertainment,” says Michaud, “but we also hope it presents a scientific solution with the Atmospheric Vortex Engine that needs to be considered. We hope people who see the play might begin to think about it as a possible solution.”

Albert Einstein once said that all arts and sciences are branches of the same tree, ideas in both disciplines born out of creativity. Theatr na nÓg is attempting to show how one of these branches might benefit the other, something Louis Michaud recognises: “Getting the theatre to present an idea is very important. People are somewhat afraid of science, so to tell a story about it is great in getting the message across. Theatre helps people with the relevant knowledge to be listened to.”

Eye of the Storm is on tour throughout September and October 2019, visiting Edinburgh Kings Theatre, Swansea Grand Theatre, Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal, Birmingham Hippodrome, Newport Riverfront, Pontio in Bangor and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. To find out more visit eyeofthestormmusical.co.uk.

By Nicholas Davies

Nicholas Davies contributes regularly to The Stage and is a freelance writer of screenplays, novels and articles. He is based in Cardiff and previously spent 17 years working for the Arts Council of Wales covering the performing arts.

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Cast Announcement - Theatr na nÓg’s latest sellout production champions the importance of bio-diversity and conservation with the story of Alfred Russel Wallace.

This autumn Theatr na nÓg will once again be teaming up with some of Swansea’s best cultural institutions – including Swansea Museum, The National Waterfront Museum and the Dylan Thomas Theatre - as over 3000 children visit for a day of theatre and workshops promising to bring history to life.

This year the company present The Butterfly Hunter and Heliwr Pili Pala – Welsh and English versions of a play celebrating the life of one of the science’s unsung heroes – the 19th Century natural historian Alfred Russel Wallace. Born in Llanbadog, Monmouthshire, and later resident of Neath, Wallace discovered the Theory of Evolution independently of Charles Darwin in the 1850s – in fact his paper on the subject was jointly published alongside Darwin’s own. This wonderful tale of persistence and resilience will inspire young minds as the play takes them on an amazing journey from Usk to Neath to the Amazon and finally to The Malay Archipelago.

An original play from Theatr na nÓg, The Butterfly Hunter is written by Artistic Director Geinor Styles, who was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for her work creating high quality theatre for children in Wales.
The company is delighted to welcome Richard Nicholls and Kate Ellis to perform the story with James Ifan portraying the Victorian scientist.

James Ifan has recently played the role of The Mad Hatter in The Sherman Theatre’s winter production Alice in Wonderland alongside a plethora of stage work for the likes of Theatr Clwyd and Lighthouse Theatre, as well as an appearance in the final of Britain’s Got Talent.

Actor Kate Elis is well known for her work with theatre companies such as Taking Flight, Butterfly Theatre and Dirty Protest, and her international work with Motherlode Theatre’s The Good Earth. Kate also plays various roles in the sketch show Cacamwnci for S4C.

James and Kate will be joined on stage by Royal Welsh College alumnus Richard Nichols whose previous work with Theatr na nÓg includes A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Cider With Rosie, and The Ghost of Morfa Colliery. He has appeared in numerous plays for Mappa Mundi for whom he also directed and is a founding member. Richard has appeared in family favourites like Danny The Champion of the World (Birmingham Stage) and Dr Who. He recently played the part of McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest for The Torch Theatre in Milford Haven.

The production is supported by a wealth of creative talent, with music originally composed by Barnaby Southgate, and the set and costume by Linbury Prize Stage Design nominee Frances Norburn. With lighting design by Hristo Takov and a rich representation of the natural world through animation and projection, this ambitious production aims to illustrate the huge impact we are having on our environment and how best we can preserve it for future generations. As an added bonus as the cast take the audience on their very own expedition offering children to explore the flora and fauna of the local area.
The production will be running as part of the schools theatre project throughout September and October 2019, in English and in Welsh language as Heliwr Pili Pala.

Bookings are now at capacity for The Butterfly Hunter, however school bookings are still available for Theatr na nÓg’s sister project – on the Swansea leg of the UK tour of their award-winning play Eye of the Storm. Visit eyeofthestormmusical.co.uk for further details.

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Congratulations Geinor

Delighted to see our Artistic Director Geinor Styles awarded an honourary fellowship today from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, alongside Huw Edwards and a host of other brilliant people.

The work of Merthyr born theatre director and playwright Geinor Styles has been recognised today by an honorary fellowship awarded by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Other recipients of honorary fellowships include, Hugo Blick (Writer, Producer, Director and an alumnus of the College), Lynwen Brennan (General Manager – Lucasfilm), Lucy Davies (Executive Producer, Royal Court Theatre), Huw Edwards (Broadcaster), Tim Rhys Evans MBE (Founder and Conductor of Only Men Aloud and Only Boys Aloud. Also an alumnus of the College) and Dr Alan Watson (Internationally recognised bio-scientist researching musical performance physiology.

An RWCMD alumni and the Artistic Director of multi award-winning theatre company Theatr na nÓg, Geinor has been working in the industry for over 25 years, creating magical theatre experiences for predominantly young audiences.

Her work embodies a love for inspirational stories rooted in Wales - in particular untold stories from Wales’ rich history are given a new life under her direction. Her passion for sharing these stories and making theatre accessible to the communities to whom they belong reflects an ethos of creating high quality theatre for the masses.

This year the company celebrates 30 years of a Swansea-based project which annually sees more than 80 primary schools experience a Theatr na nÓg production, for many children, their first experience of theatre.

“I am so proud and delighted to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the College especially as it acknowledges the work that I’ve created in Wales for young audiences. I am grateful for the training I received here and in particular a special thank you to Mr David Edwards who as my lecturer, instilled in me the importance of quality theatre for audiences in Wales and beyond. Diolch yn fawr.”

In addition to her work for schools, Geinor has nurtured her company to sell-out success in venues across the UK and beyond, with her acclaimed retelling of Tom Jones’ early career in Wales in Tom: The Musical, her original musical Eye of the Storm which premiered in Asia earlier this year, and in numerous trips to far flung corners of the world telling the story of Welsh explorer and co-discoverer of evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace.

With Theatr na nÓg, Geinor is currently preparing for a UK-wide tour of her new musical Eye of the Storm, co-written by one of today’s most in-demand songwriters, Grammy Award winning Amy Wadge. Inspired by Geinor’s work with young carers in her community, the play tells an inspiring story of a young girl torn between caring for her mother and living out her dreams as part of a generation with the power to end climate change.

Eye of the Storm is on tour this autumn across venues in Edinburgh, Swansea, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Newport, Bangor and Aberystwyth. Visit eyeofthestormmusical.co.uk.

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Llongyfarchiadau Geinor

Mor falch i weld ein Cyfarwyddwr Artistig, Geinor Styles, yn cael ei wobrwyo fel Gymrodyr Anrhydeddol Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru, ynghyd â Huw Edwards a llu o bobl wych eraill.

Mae gwaith y cyfarwyddydd a dramodydd theatr, Geinor Styles, a aned ym Merthyr Tudful, wedi cael ei gydnabod heddiw gan gymrodoriaeth anrhydeddus a ddyfarnwyd gan Goleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru.

Mae derbynwyr cymrodoriaethau anrhydeddus eraill yn cynnwys Hugo Blick (Awdur, Cynhyrchydd, Cyfarwyddwr ac un o gyn-fyfyrwyr y Coleg), Lynwen Brennan (Rheolwr Cyffredinol - Lucasfilm), Lucy Davies (Cynhyrchydd Gweithredol, Theatr y Llys Brenhinol), Huw Edwards (Darlledwr), Tim Rhys Evans MBE (Sylfaenydd ac Arweinydd "Only Men Aloud" ac "Only Boys Aloud" - sydd hefyd yn gyn-fyfyriwr yn y Coleg) a Dr Alan Watson (bio-wyddonydd a gydnabyddir yn rhyngwladol, sy'n ymchwilio i ffisioleg perfformiad cerddorol).

Yn gyn-fyfyriwr CBCDC, a Chyfarwyddydd Artistig Cwmni Theatr na nÓg, mae Geinor wedi bod yn gweithio yn y diwydiant ers dros pum mlynedd ar hugain, yn creu profiadau theatr hudol i gynulleidfaoedd ifanc yn bennaf. Mae ei gwaith yn ymgorffori ei chariad at straeon ysbrydoledig sydd wedi'u gwreiddio yng Nghymru - yn arbennig felly, caiff storïau difyr hanes cyfoethog Cymru anadl newydd dan ei chreadigrwydd hi. Mae ei brwdfrydedd i rannu'r hanesion hyn, a gwneud theatr yn hygyrch i'r cymunedau y maent yn perthyn iddynt, yn adlewyrchu ethos o greu theatr o'r ansawdd uchaf ar gyfer bobl gyffredin.

Eleni mae'r cwmni'n dathlu 30 mlynedd o brosiect yn Abertawe sy'n croesawu disgyblion dros 80 o ysgolion cynradd i brofi gwefr Theatr na nÓg - ac i nifer helaeth o'r plant, hwn fydd eu profiad cyntaf o theatr fyw.

Yn ogystal â'i gwaith i ysgolion, mae Geinor wedi meithrin ei chwmni i lwyddiant ysgubol mewn theatrau ledled y DU a thu hwnt, gyda chynyrchiadau fel "Tom" - sioe gerdd am yrfa cynnar Syr Tom Jones, a’r sioe gerdd wreiddiol "Eye of the Storm" a berfformiwyd am y tro cyntaf yn Abertawe yn 2017, ac yn Hong Kong ar ddechrau’r flwyddyn hon.

“Mae hyn yn fraint, ac rydw i wrth fy modd o gael cynnig Cymrodoriaeth Anrhydeddol gan y Coleg, yn enwedig gan ei fod yn cydnabod y gwaith rydw i wedi'i greu yng Nghymru ar gyfer cynulleidfaoedd ifanc. Rwy'n ddiolchgar am yr hyfforddiant a gefais yn y coleg ac yn diolch yn arbennig i Mr David Edwards a oedd, fel fy narlithydd, yn bybyr dros bwysigrwydd creu theatr o ansawdd rhagorol i gynulleidfaoedd yng Nghymru a thu hwnt. Diolch yn fawr. ”

Mae Geinor ar hyn o bryd yn paratoi ar gyfer taith ledled y DU gyda fersiwn newydd o'i sioe gerdd "Eye of the Storm", a ysgrifennwyd ar y cyd gydag un o gyfansoddwyr caneuon mwyaf poblogaidd y byd, Amy Wadge, enillydd Gwobr Grammy. Mae’r ddrama gerdd yn adrodd stori ysbrydoledig am ferch ifanc sydd wedi'i rhwygo rhwng gofalu am ei mham a llwyddo yn y maes gwyddonol. Bydd "Eye of the Storm" ar daith yr hydref hwn i Gaeredin, Abertawe, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Casnewydd, Bangor ac Aberystwyth. Ewch i eyeofthestormmusical.co.uk.

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School Children invent new classroom app in a Creative Collaboration with Multi Award-Winning Theatre and Tech Professionals

In a one of a kind partnership between four primary schools, a theatre company and a multi award winning technology company based in Swansea, a brand new app project has been taking place this spring.

It’s not often that an app for children is created by children, but that gets to the heart of the ethos behind this project. The app went live this week at a special event hosted by Sketty Primary School for the young app developers and project partners. It is now available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play.

"We wanted to give young, creative minds the same tools and industry support that any professional company or organisation looking to create a successful educational app would have access to. Our award-winning productions often tell inspirational stories, challenging preconceptions about what people are capable of, and we’ve been delighted that this exciting project has delivered just that to our local community"
Nancy Sheterline, Marketing, Press and Communications Manager at Theatr na nÓg.

Over 4 months, year 4, 5 and 6 pupils from Oystermouth, Sketty, Cwmafan and Trelales Primary Schools have been receiving training and support from Learning Technology Company Aspire2Be and Theatr na nÓg. The children were involved in every step of the development process – from creating a brief, to designing the structure, icons, look and feel, as well as creating the content.

Packed full of interactive activities, classroom challenges and behind the scenes content, the finished app will be used by hundreds of schools across the UK and beyond, to inspire creative classroom projects linked to topics such as Climate Change, biodiversity, society and health, theatre production and weather systems.
The topics covered by the app all relate to themes in Theatr na nÓg’s award-winning productions for schools.

The app also hosts an extensive stockpile of lesson plans created by a team of teachers, designed to tie into the Areas of Learning and Experience that are central to the new Curriculum for Wales. It is an exciting time for education in Wales, with the value of creativity and self-led learning being recognised within the curriculum. It is hoped that this flagship project will help to demonstrate the combined power of technology and creativity for educating the next generation.

This innovative project has received over £10,000 funding from the Arts Council Wales Creative Collaboration fund and further support from Western Power Distribution, Arts and Business Wales and the Colwinston Trust.

The app is completely free and available by searching for ‘Theatr na nÓg’ on all major app providers.

Theatr na nÓg go on UK tour this autumn with an original musical about climate change, Eye of the Storm (Winner of Best Show for Children and Young People at Wales Theatre Awards 2018) and present The Butterfly Hunter, a new production about famous Welsh scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, who discovered the theory of evolution independently of Charles Darwin, for a 7 week run for schools in Swansea throughout September and October.

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Plant Ysgol yn dyfeisio ap newydd i’r ystafell ddosbarth wrth Gydweithio’n Greadigol â Theatr Aml-wobrwyedig a Technolegwyr Proffesiynol

Mewn partneriaeth unigryw rhwng pedair ysgol gynradd, cwmni theatr aml-wobrwyedig a chwmni technoleg a leolir yn Abertawe, aeth prosiect ap newydd sbon rhagddi y gwanwyn hwn.

Nid yn aml fydd ap i blant yn cael ei greu gan blant, ond dyna sydd wrth wraidd ethos y prosiect hwn. Aeth yr ap yn fyw yr wythnos hon mewn digwyddiad arbennig yng ngofal Ysgol Gynradd Sgeti ar gyfer datblygwyr ifanc yr ap a phartneriaid y prosiect. Bellach mae ar gael i’w lawrlwytho am ddim o App Store a Google Play.

"We wanted to give young, creative minds the same tools and industry support that any professional company or organisation looking to create a successful educational app would have access to. Our award-winning productions often tell inspirational stories, challenging preconceptions about what people are capable of, and we’ve been delighted that this exciting project has delivered just that to our local community"
Nancy Sheterline, Rheolwr Marchnata, y Wasg a Chyfathrebu yn Theatr na nÓg

Dros gyfnod o 4 mis, bu disgyblion blynyddoedd 4, 5 a 6 o Ysgolion Cynradd Ystumllwynarth, Sgeti, Cwmafan a Trelales yn cael eu hyfforddi a’u cefnogi gan Gwmni Technoleg Dysgu Aspire2Be a Theatr na nÓg. Roedd y plant ynghlwm wrth bob cam o’r broses ddatblygu – o greu brîff, i ddylunio’r strwythur, eiconau, golwg a naws, yn ogystal â chreu’r cynnwys rhyngweithiol.

Caiff yr ap, sy’n llawn dop o weithgareddau rhyngweithiol, heriau ystafell ddosbarth a chynnwys o’r tu ôl i’r llenni, ei ddefnyddio gan gannoedd o ysgolion ledled y DI a thu hwnt. Bydd yn ysbrydoli prosiectau creadigol yn yr ystafell ddosbarth sy’n ymwneud â phynciau fel Newid Hinsawdd, bioamrywiaeth, cymdeithas ac iechyd, cynhyrchiadau theatr a systemau tywydd.
Mae’r holl bynciau ar yr ap yn berthnasol i themâu cynyrchiadau gwobrwyedig Theatr na nÓg’s i ysgolion.

Mae’r ap hefyd yn cynnwys pentwr helaeth o gynlluniau gwersi a grëwyd gan dîm o athrawon, sy’n berthnasol i gynnwys newydd Cwricwlwm i Gymru. Â hithau’n gyfnod cyffrous i addysg yng Nghymru, mae’r prosiect hwn yn arddangos pŵer technoleg a chreadigrwydd ar y cyd ar gyfer addysgu’r genhedlaeth nesaf.

Derbyniodd y prosiect arloesol hwn dros £10,000 o nawdd oddi wrth Gronfa Cydweithio Creadigol Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, a chefnogaeth gan Western Power Distribution, The Colwinston Trust and Arts & Business Cymru.

Mae’r ap yn rhad ac am ddim ac ar gael wrth chwilio am ‘Theatr na nÓg’ ym mhob prif ddarparwr ap.

Bydd Theatr na nÓg yn mynd ar daith ledled y DU yn yr hydref â sioe gerdd wreiddiol am newid hinsawdd, Eye of the Storm (Enillydd Sioe Orau i Blant a Phobl Ifanc Gwobrau Theatr Cymru 2018) a chyflwyno’r Heliwr Pili Pala, cynhyrchiad newydd am wyddonydd o Gymro enwog, Alfred Russel Wallace a wnaeth ddarganfod theori esblygiad yn annibynnol o Charles Darwin, a hynny am gyfnod o 7 wythnos yn ysgolion Abertawe drwy gydol misoedd Medi a Hydref.

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Cast Announced for Theatre na nÓg’s Award-Winning new musical Eye of the Storm

This autumn multi award-winning Theatr na nÓg (Nye & Jennie, TOM) take their hit musical on its debut UK tour. The six week tour follows hot on the heels of the show’s Asian premiere earlier this year, which performed to sell-out audiences in Hong Kong.
The production is written by Artistic Director, Geinor Styles. With a host of talent both on stage and behind the scenes, this promises to be the kind of theatre that will make an impact with a powerful and inspirational message addressing the Climate Emergency we face and how important the role of the next generation will play in making that change.

Winner of Best Show for Young People at the 2018 Wales Theatre Awards, Eye of the Storm is set in the Welsh Valleys and tells the story of Emmie, a young carer, who’s passion for science leads to her invention of an artificial tornado for renewable energy. The hit show boasts a memorable soundtrack written by the prolific songwriter Amy Wadge, best known for her Grammy Award winning song Thinking Out Loud (co-written with Ed Sheeran) and recent BAFTA Award for her soundtrack to BBC One’s Keeping Faith.
Amy Wadge’s soundtrack will be played live on stage by a cast of eight talented actor musicians, arranged by musical director Barnaby Southgate (Nyrsys; Grandma Saves the Day)

Returning to take the lead role of Emmie is rising star singer-songwriter Rosey Cale. Hailing from Pembrokeshire, Rosey’s music has been featured on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Wales and has seen Rosey hailed as one of the year’s musicians to watch by Louder Than War.
Rosey will be joined by a wealth of Welsh talent including, Llinos Daniel, who performed at The Sherman Theatre’s Christmas production of Little Red Riding Hood. Caitlin McKee returns to portray Emmie’s sister Karen in the show, a former recipient of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Excellence in Musical Theatre Award. Talented drummer and pianist Keiran Bailey returns to the company, having featured in numerous Theatr na nÓg productions, including their five star Tom Jones musical TOM, in which Keiran portrayed the drummer Chris Slade, and the company’s 2018 production of The White Feather.

Dan Miles will be starring alongside Rosey as Lloyd, taking a break from international touring as a member of the award-winning Frankie’s Guys: A Celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Dan was recently seen in The Pirates of Penzance at The Wilton Music Hall. Cast as Emmie’s jaded physics teacher Walt, Dan Bottomley joins the Theatr na nÓg team for a second time, following his Hong Kong debut with company in January 2019. His recent theatre credits include Moll Flanders at Colchester Mercury and Oberon's Cure with Rude Mechanicals Theatre Co.

Making his debut performance with the company is James William-Pattison, a recent graduate of Mountview who is currently performing in Queens Theatre Hornchurch’s production of The Hired Man.
Living up to Theatr na nÓg’s trademark of bringing the best of theatre for young audiences, Eye of the Storm features a skilled Creative Team including Carl Davies, a finalist in the Linbury Biennial Prize has designed the set and costume; movement by Maggie Rawlinson; lighting design by Elanor Higgins; AV designed by Andy Pike and sound design by Olivier nominee Mike Beer.

The tour runs throughout September and October 2019, visiting Edinburgh Kings Theatre, Swansea Grand Theatre, Portsmouth Theatre Royal, Birmingham Hippodrome, Riverfront Newport, Pontio in Bangor and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

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Cyhoeddiad cast ar gyfer sioe gerdd glodwiw newydd Theatr na nÓg, Eye of the Storm

Bydd Theatr na nÓg (Nye & Jennie, TOM) yn mynd a’u sioe gerdd glodwiw ar ei daith DU cyntaf tymor yr Hydref yma. Mae’r daith sy’n para chwech wythnos yn dilyn y perfformiad cyntaf ar cyfandir Asiaidd cyntaf yn gynharach yn a flwyddyn, a pherfformiwyd i gynulleidfaoedd llawn yn Hong Kong.

Ysgrifennwyd y cynhyrchiad yma gan Gyfarwyddwr Artistig, Geinor Styles. Gyda llwyth o dalent ar y llwyfan a thu ôl, mae cynhyrchiad yma yn siŵr o fod yn theatr drawiadol gyda neges bwerus ag ysbrydoledig yn trafod yr Argyfwng Hinsawdd yr ydym yn ei wynebu a phwysigrwydd rôl y genhedlaeth nesaf i newid y byd.

Enillydd Sioe Gorau i Bobol Ifanc yng Ngwobrau Theatr Cymru, mae Eye of the Storm wedi ei osod yng nghymoedd Cymru ac yn dweud stori Emmie, gofalwr ifanc, lle mae ei angerdd ar gyfer gwyddoniaeth yn ei ysgogi i ddyfeisio corwynt artiffisial i greu ynni adnewyddadwy. Mae’r sioe yn cynnwys trac sain fythgofiadwy gan gyfansoddwr Amy Wadge, sy’n fwyaf adnabyddus am ei gân Thinking Out Loud (ysgrifennwyd gyda Ed Sheeran) ag enillodd Gwobr Grammy ac yn fwyaf diweddar, enillodd Bafta ar gyfer trac sain Un Bore Mercher ar S4C.

Bydd trac sain Amy Wadge yn cael ei berfformio yn fyw ar y llwyfan gan actorion-cerddorwyr talentog wedi’i chydlynu gan cyfarwyddwr cerddorol Barnaby Southgate (Nyrsys; Grandma Saves the Day)

Mae seren-ar-y-gweill, cantores-gyfansoddwr Rosey Cale o Sir Benfro yn dychwelyd fel y prif gymeriad Emmie. Mae cerddoriaeth Rosey wedi ymddangos ar BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Wales ac mae hi’n ymddangosodd ar restr o gerddorion i wylio gan Louder Than War blwyddyn yma.

Bydd Rosey yn cael ei ymuno gan lwyth o dalent Cymraeg gan gynnwys Llinos Daniel, a berfformiwyd yn sioe Nadolig Theatr y Sherman, Yr Hugan Fach Goch. Caitlin McKee, cyn-enillydd gwobr Rhagoriaeth yn Theatr Gerddorol yng Ngholeg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama, sy’n dychwelyd fel Karen, chwaer Emmie yn y sioe. Mae Keiran Bailey, drymiwr a phianydd talentog, hefyd yn dychwelyd i’r cwmni, sydd wedi ymddangos mewn nifer o gynyrchiadau Theatr na nÓg, gan gynnwys eu sioe gerdd pum seren TOM, lle chwaraeodd drymiwr Chris Slade, ac yn gynhyrchiad 2018 y cwmni Y Bluen Wen.

Dan Miles bydd yn serennu gyda Rosey fel Lloyd, yn ystod saib o deithio rhyngwladol fel aelod o Frankie’s Guys: A Celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Gwelwyd Dan yn ddiweddar yn The Pirates of Penzance yn The Wilton Music Hall. Yn rôl Walt, yr athro ffiseg genfigennus, mae Dan Bottomley yn ymuno â Theatr na nÓg am yr ail dro, yn dilyn y perfformiad ar y sioe gerdd yn Hong Kong ym mis Ionawr 2019. Mae ei chynyrchiadau diweddar yn cynnwys Moll Flanders yn Colchester Mercury a Oberon's Cure gyda Rude Mechanicals Theatre Co.

Ac yn ei berfformiad cyntaf gyda’r cwmni, mae James William-Pattison, graddegwr ddiweddar o Mountview sydd yn perfformio yn gynhyrchiad Queens Theatre Hornchurch, The Hired Man.

Mae Eye of the Storm yn cario mlaen nôd masnach Theatr na nÓg o greu theatr ragorol i bobl ifanc, gyda sgiliau Tîm Creadigol. Carl Davies, a chyrhaeddodd rownd derfynol y Linbury Biennial Prize sydd wedi cynllunio set a gwisgoedd; coreograffydd Maggie Rawlinson; cynllunydd goleuo Elanor Higgins; cynllunydd fideo Andy Pike a Mike Beer a enwebwyd ar gyfer Olivier yw’r cynllunydd sain.

Mae’r daith yn rhedeg trwy mis Medi a Hydref 2019 ac yn ymweld a Edinburgh Kings Theatre, Theatr y Grand Abertawe, Portsmouth Theatre Royal, Birmingham Hippodrome, Glan yr Afon yng Nghasnewydd, Pontio ym Mangor and Canolfan Celfyddydau Aberystwyth.

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Welcome!

This month we welcome not one, but two new faces to the Theatr na nÓg team. Ani Hoskins and Steffi Pickering will be working with us in the roles of Production & Administration Assistant throughout 2019 as the company delivers one of its most ambitious autumn seasons to date.

To celebrate 30 years our autumn school theatre project in Swansea, this year we’ll be doubling our offer and producing two fantastic plays in the autumn term; the adventures of Wales’ own theorist of evolution Alfred Russel Wallace in The Butterfly Hunter, and the award-winning hit musical Eye of the Storm on the Swansea leg of a UK wide tour.

With a great deal of experience working with young people at Theatr na nÓg and Wales Millennium Centre, the company is delighted to welcome back Ani, and to say hello to Steffi as she lends her years of expertise in Stage Management from The Other Room, National Dance Wales and The Sherman Theatre to this busy period of production.

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Croeso!

Y mis ma rydym yn croesawu nid un, ond dwy wyneb newydd i dîm Theatr na nÓg. Bydd Ani Hoskins a Steffi Pickering yn gweithio gyda ni yn eu swyddi Cynorthwy-ydd Cynhyrchu a Gweinyddu drwy gydol 2019 wrth i'r cwmni gyflwyno un o'i dymhorau mwyaf uchelgeisiol hyd yn hyn.

I ddathlu 30 mlynedd o gynhyrchu theatr i ysgolion yn Abertawe, eleni byddwn yn dyblu ein cynnig ac yn cynhyrchu dwy ddrama wych yn nhymor yr hydref; anturiaethau y gwyddonydd Alfred Russel Wallace yn drama Heliwr y Pili Pala a'n sioe gerdd boblogaidd Eye of the Storm a ffypd yn teithio ledled Cymru a theatrau yn DU

Feel un o’n Llysgenhadon gwreiddiol, a gyda llawer iawn o brofiad o weithio gyda phobl ifanc yn Theatr na nÓg a Theatr Sherman Caerdydd, mae'r cwmni yn falch iawn o groesawu Ani yn ôl, a hefyd i ddweud helo i Steffi wrth iddi cynnig blynyddoedd o arbenigedd mewn Rheolaeth Llwyfan gyda cwmniau The Other Room, Cwmni Dawns Cenhedlaethol a Theatr Y Sherman i helpu ni mewn cyfnod brysur iawn. Croeso!

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