Tuesday 22 October 2019, 7:30pm
The Annual Lecture: Bethan Marlow
Location: Bethesda Chapel, New Street, Mold
The annual lecture in 2019 is by Bethan Marlow.
In Welsh with simultaneous translation into English.
Her subject is: ‘Yr Wyddgrug Ddoe Yn Heddiw’ (Yesterday’s Mold In Today’s).
Bethan, the writer of the community theatre production on the Mold riots of 1869 which is being performed during this year’s Festival, will speak about her work, experience, the process of writing the drama, and discuss the themes that were present in Daniel Owen’s time and which are reflected in society today.
Bethan trained as an actress at Webber Douglas Academy before discovering her life as a writer. She also travelled and volunteered abroad before realising that she could combine her need to work with unheard communities with her writing. She is driven to write by people’s stories- their journeys, their experiences and their way of surviving in the world. Her process involves working very closely with unheard groups on the fringes of our society to create productions where their voices are heard loudly, honestly and creatively. Her proudest works are the site-specific interactive theatre productions she created by collaborating with the LGBT community of Swansea (“A Queer Christmas”, Mess Up The Mess) and residents of a council estate in North Wales (“C’laen ta!” Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) and her verbatim musical “Nurses” (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru). She loves to test boundaries and is a bit of an adrenaline junkie which probably explains why she’s had a fair few “firsts” in her career.
- She created the first Welsh language online drama (for BBC).
- She wrote the first Welsh language verbatim play (for Sherman Theatr and Theatr Gen).
- She wrote the first musical verbatim to come out of Wales (for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru).
- Apart from Theatr Clwyd’s ‘Mold Riots’ Bethan is currently writing feature film ‘Madison’ with Film Cymru Wales and ieie productions, ‘Feral Monsters’, for National Theatre Wales and original tv series ‘The Trap’ with Severn Screen and Warner Media 150.
Bethan is originally from Bethel, North Wales, writes in both Welsh and English and lives with her wife and two young children.