Theatr Felinfach are delighted to announce that there will be a cinema screening in February 2019 of Milwr yn y Meddwl, the winner of the 2017 Drama Medal, a production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Theatre in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Milwr yn y Meddwl, a play by Heiddwen Tomos, was staged by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Theatre in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales, with support from the Gwenlyn Parry Literary Estate and the Hugh Griffith Memorial Fund, during the Cardiff National Eisteddfod 2018, following the play’s success in winning the Drama Medal at the 2017 Anglesey National Eisteddfod. The production will be shown on a cinema screen at Theatr Felinfach, Aeron Valley, on 8 February 2019. The event will be free of charge.

Heiddwen Tomos is the author of Milwr yn y Meddwl. Originally from Cwrtnewydd, Heiddwen now lives in Penygarreg, Llanybydder, and is Head of the Expressive Arts Faculty at Ysgol Bro Teifi, Llandysul. In 2017 she published her first novel, Dŵr yn yr Afon (Gomer), and she has also published stories with Gwasg y Bwthyn. Her latest novel, Esgyrn (Y Lolfa) was launched in December 2018.

The play was directed by Jac Ifan Moore. In 2015, Jac was the assistant director of {150}, a joint production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and National Theatre Wales. Later, he followed a training course in directing with the Sherman Theatre as part of their JMK/ Sherman Directors Group scheme, supported by The Carne Trust. Jac is also the co-artistic director of the theatre company PowderHouse, the Sherman’s current resident company, which will present its first production, Saethu Cwningod/Shooting Rabbits at the Sherman and several other venues later this year. Aled Bidder, Ceri Murphy, Elin Phillips and Phyl Harries play the parts of Huw, Ned, Michelle and Gor in Milwr yn y Meddwl.

Milwr yn y Meddwl explores issues surrounding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and follows the story of a character called Ned who has returned home to West Wales from the battlefield. His recent experiences in the Iraq war have left deep scars; some visible, and others – the deepest – invisible. This is a new, heart-rending play examining the effect of traumatic events on a Welsh soldier, as he and his family try to come to terms with horrific events from his past, and the new challenges now facing him. In an eternal story about love and belonging, will the bonds of love and family overcome effects of the bullet and the bomb?

This production was presented as part of Theatr Gen Creu, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s innovative scheme to develop new work and promote talent. The showing is screened as part of the Theatr Gen Byw initiative, following the success of showings on cinema screens throughout Wales of the company’s production of Macbeth, a new translation by the late Gwyn Thomas of Shakespeare’s classic, in 2017.

Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru said, “The intention with Theatr Gen Byw is to reach wider audiences with theatre productions created for specific events or locations. Screenings of theatre productions (both live and recorded) have been an exciting development over recent years; NTLive and screenings of work by the RSC and the Royal Opera House are now very well-established. Heiddwen is a new and exciting name in Welsh theatre and her work is deeply rooted in her community. We are, therefore, delighted that – by means of Theatr Gen Byw – we are able to show Heiddwen Thomas’ prize-winning play on a cinema screen in her local area.”