Join children from all across Wales for fun-filled dance and acting sessions!
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Mentrau Iaith Cymru (Welsh Language Initiatives) are delighted to announce today that they are working in partnership to introduce Clwb Theatr Cymru (Welsh Theatre Club) in order to offer a variety of creative opportunities and promote performance skills for children in every part of Wales over the summer.
Clwb Theatr Cymru will bring children in Wales together to enjoy various workshops over Zoom during the summer holidays. The sessions – arranged by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, and including opportunities for dancing, performing and creating characters – are suitable for primary school children between Year 2 and Year 6. The experts leading on the fun will include Jalisa Andrews, Ffion Wyn Bowen and Sian Elin.
All Mentrau Iaith (Language Initiatives) in Wales are part of the scheme, and during the next few weeks there will be a campaign to draw participants from all areas. The sessions are offered free of charge, but it will be necessary to register through the local Menter. The workshops will be held through the medium of Welsh, and both companies in the scheme will also cater for any specific access requirements.
For many years, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru has worked closely with Mentrau Iaith in west Wales to provide weekly Drama Clubs. During the lockdown, the company has been holding weekly Zoom sessions with children in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. This will be the first time for the company to work in partnership with Mentrau Iaith to bring together every initiative throughout Wales, and provide participation work on this scale.
Rhian A. Davies, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Executive Producer, said:
“We’re delighted to have this opportunity of working collaboratively on a national scale with Mentrau Iaith Cymru whilst also supporting their – and our – wish to give young children throughout Wales an opportunity to come together over the summer holidays, to socialise with their peers and have fun through the medium of Welsh, whilst at the same time learning new skills in the arts with a team of young, very talented, facilitators.”
Lowri Jones, Chair of Mentrau Iaith Cymru, said:
“Mentrau Iaith the length and breadth of Wales have been very busy, offering a huge variety of opportunities for people of all ages to enable them to use their Welsh during this difficult period. We have succeeded in doing this by means of technology, enabling thousands of people to use the language in all kinds of clubs, classes and festivals. We are extremely pleased to be able to work with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, which has also been pioneering some excellent productions over the past few months. We are very excited to be able to offer this special opportunity to enable children in Wales to practise their creativity over the summer.”
Clwb Theatr Cymru is part of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Pawb Ar-lein, a programme of educational and participatory activities on digital platforms, to inspire children and young people during a period of restrictions on movement.