Following the Easter Rebellion in Dublin in 1916 over one thousand eight hundred Irish rebels were imprisoned in a camp in the small Welsh village of Frongoch near Bala.  There, for the first time, the Irish had the opportunity to come together and effectively organise their campaign under the leadership of men like Michael Collins.  Frongoch came to be known as the 'Revolutionary University' although it's likely that more Irish than Welsh people are aware of the importance to their history of this small part of Wales.

 What was the response of the Welsh to the arrival of the Irish, and of the Irish to the Welsh?

 FRONGOCH,  a partnership between Llwyfan Gogledd Cymru (North Wales Stage) and Project Arts Dublin, is an exciting multi-media production which presents the story through the use of three actors and three languages.  Richard Elfyn, BAFTA Cymru best actor award winner, plays the Welshman, Michael Atkinson, who appeared in the award-winning drama, "Tara Teresa", is the Englishman, and the young Irish actor Caoimhín Ó Conghaile plays the Irishman.  The use of projectors and video will make the production understandable to speakers of any of the three languages. 

 According to the director, Ian Rowlands, "there has been a lot of talk about Celtic brotherhood without seriously considering its meaning - if it has a meaning!  There are many misunderstandings between Ireland and Wales, and our hope is to build bridges with this production."

 The author of FRONGOCH is the Eisteddfod-winning bard and successful television producer Ifor ap Glyn (he was in a Cardiff Irish class years ago and was quite good too) along with the award-winning author  Micháel Ó Conghaile from Ireland.

 The play will be travelling through Wales and Ireland between February 8 and March 31, 2005.

For more details contact Rhian Cadwaladr (publicity officer) on, or phone: 01286 -830109.


How 'Frongoch' come to be written


Yr hanes yn y Gymraeg


FRONGOCH - Tour details:

February 8‑11 – Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor (01248 351 708) 7:30pm;

February 17 – Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech (01766 780667) 7:30pm;

February 19 – Arts Centre, Aberystwyth (01970 623 232) 7:30pm;

February 22 – Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen (0845 226 3509) 7:30pm;

February 25 – Mwldan Theatre, Cardigan (01239 621 200) 7:30pm;

February 26 – Lampeter Secondary School (01570 470697) 7:30pm;

February 28 – Memorial Hall, Barry (01446 738622) 8:00pm;

March 2 – Dwyfor Hall, Pwllheli (01758 704 088) 7:30pm;

March 3 – Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay (01492 532 668) 7:30pm;

March 4‑5 – Theatr Clwyd , Mold (0845 330 3565) 7:45pm;

March 9‑11 – Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford (051 855038) 8.00pm, 3.00pm, 8.00pm;

March 15‑16 – Town Hall Theatre, Galway (091 569777) 8:00pm;

March 18‑19 – Cultúrlann, Belfast (028 90964180) 8:00pm;

March 21‑26 – Project Arts Centre, Dublin (01 8819613) 8:00pm;

March 28 – The Gallery, Caernarfon (01286 677227) 7:30pm;

March 30 – Y Stiwt, Rhosllannerchrugog (01978 841 300) 7:30pm;

March 31 – Ysgol y Berwyn, Y Bala (01678 520 259) 7:30pm.

Two performances during the weekend of Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th September at the Coal Exchange, Mount Stuart Square, as part of the first Cardiff International Celtic Festival.

The first of a new major annual festival in Cardiff's 2005 double celebrations. Using the Bay as its 'site', the events will take place in The Coal Exchange, The Point, The Norwegian Church, The Glee Club, and many others. Headlining this year is Alan Stivell, with many major names to follow. Next year's festival will be a 10 day event.

Articles on Frongoch:

Frongoch: Whisky Makers and Prisoners of War.

Irish links with Frongoch.

Michael Collins: the Movie.

The Green Dragon No 12

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