THREE LANGUAGES ... TWO NATIONS ... ONE DREAM - FREEDOM.
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
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
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
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
According to the director, Ian Rowlands, "there has been a lot of talk about Celtic
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
(he was in a Cardiff Irish class years ago and was quite good too) along with the award-winning
Micháel Ó Conghaile from Ireland.
The play will be travelling through Wales and Ireland between February 8 and March 31,
For more details contact Rhian Cadwaladr (publicity officer) on firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone: 01286
March 9‑11 – Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford (051 855038) 8.00pm, 3.00pm,
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
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. E-mail