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National Theatre Wales
12 - 14 SEPTEMBER
Snowdonia

The Gathering / Yr Helfa

National Theatre Wales with Migrations & Louise Ann Wilson Company
Created by Louise Ann Wilson 
Written by Gillian Clarke

Dogs and sheep in the dance of the slopes,
the mountain deep in animal mind,
hefting the weight, treading the shape of it,
the knowledge, cynefin
in their bones, nerves, blood
 
A powerful exploration of the annual cycle of sheep-farming, The Gathering/Yr Helfa is the culmination of three years’ observation of life at Hafod Y Llan, a working hill farm on Snowdon.
 
Join National Theatre Wales for a remarkable journey on foot through installations and performances, inspired by this iconic location, its day-to-day workings, its history and its people.
 
Created and directed by Louise Ann Wilson, this production will feature new poetry by Wales’ national poet, Gillian Clarke, with sound, film, and movement.

In association with National Trust
Supported by Snowdonia National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund

 

Suitable for ages 10+

Box Office:
Wales Millennium Centre
www.wmc.org.uk / By phone: 029 2063 6464

National Trust’s Tŷ Isaf shop, Beddgelert, LL55 4YA
Tel: 01766 890 545

Ticket Prices: £15, £12 conc

★★★★

This is a piece that makes you look and listen hard

It’s lyrical but unsentimental, bloody and brutal. It makes the mountain sing.

 

Creative Team

Created, Directed and Designed by
LOUISE ANN WILSON

Written by
GILLIAN CLARKE

Music and Sound by
JOHN HARDY MUSIC

Choreography by
NIGEL STEWART

Video Editor
JANAN YAKULA

Costume Supervisor
ANGHARAD MATTHEWS

Assistant Designer
DORRIE SCOTT

Emerging Director
SIWAN LLYNOR

Programme Photography
LOUISE ANN WILSON

Graphic Designer
MARC HEATLEY

 

CAST

Woman
FFION DAFIS

Shepherd
EMYR GIBSON

Old Man
GWYN VAUGHAN JONES

Shepherd
GWION ALED WILLIAMS

Boy
MEILIR RHYS WILLIAMS 

Aerial Performer
KATE LAWRENCE

SEINDORF ARIAN DEINIOLEN SILVER BAND

YSGOL BEDDGELERT SCHOOL

SHEPHERDS
BRYN GRIFFITHS, ROGER HUGHES, ELGAN JONES, TREFOR JONES, ARWYN OWEN, TUDUR PARRY, ANDREW ROBERTS, ARTHUR WILLIAMS

 

Production Team

Production Manager
JACOB GOUGH

Company Stage Manager
FIONA CURTIS

Assistant Production Manager
TOM REILLY

Stage Manager
SASHA DOBBS

Assistant Stage Manager
CLAIRE ROBERTS

Access Manager
LIAM JAMES

Design Assistant
RUBY SPENCER PUGH, PHOEBE TONKIN


Lighttrap Films
SAM IRVING, TOM BOOTH & LOUIS WEINZWEIG

Sound Collaborator
TIC ASHFIELD

AV Technician
EMIL OWENS

Digital Technician
ALEX RUSSELL

Head Steward
KAREN PIRRIE

Front of House Manager
AURIEL MARTIN

Front Of House Assistant
JANE LLOYD FRANCIS
 

Aerial Performance Rigger
SIMON EDWARDS

Design Placement
STEFFAN GWYNN

TEAM Placement
JAKE HUGHES

Casting Director
SAM JONES C.D.G

Casting Assistant
LUCY TAYLOR

What to expect

Please read the audience information very carefully: we want you to have the best experience at Snowdonia and this vital information will tell you what you can expect and what you need to bring in order to ensure your full enjoyment, safety and comfort while at The Gathering/Yr Helfa.

The Gathering/Yr Helfa will be performed on the farm and at the foot-hills of Snowdon, and will take place outdoors on the mountain, rain or shine.

You will be going on a six-kilometer journey on foot. Please be aware that this means walking and standing for a lot of the show, and that the route is challenging at times and includes some steady ascent, uneven terrain and a steep section.

Unfortunately, the route is not accessible by wheelchair or suitable for pushchairs, and the production is not suitable for babies in arms or small children due to the challenging nature of the production journey.

We will provide guidance on accessible options for people with access requirements. Please contact rhianlewis@nationaltheatrewales.org to discuss.

Please be aware that audience members must be prepared for the mountain. Sturdy walking boots are essential, as are waterproofs and suitable clothing for all weather, bottled water and sunscreen. Please travel lightly, with a small rucksack containing everything you need for the day, including water. Light refreshments will be provided during the show.

Management reserve the right to refuse entry to the performance to anyone not prepared for being on the mountain. Those without necessary clothing and footwear will not be allowed to take part in the performance.