S4C to stream Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru productions in new creative partnership

08 August 2023

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is the Welsh language national theatre company and the partnership with S4C will be launched at the National Eisteddfod on Tuesday 8th of August.

The streaming service will be a co-production between the two institutions.

It will give people who are unable to attend theatres access to performances, opening the arts to everyone.

The partnership will also work on the development of a sequel to the popular 1985 S4C film, Y Dyn Nath Ddwyn y 'Dolig.

Y Dyn Nath Ddwyn y 'Dolig 2 will take inspiration from the original version to create a new musical to entertain the whole family.

The original film was created by Caryl Parry Jones and Hywel Gwynfryn, and produced by Endaf Emlyn.

This comes as S4C prepares to broadcast new series Anfamol in September, based on the original production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru of the same name.

Anfamol is a dark comedy drama adapted from the stage play by Rhiannon Boyle.

S4C is also looking to develop other television adaptations of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru productions in future.

Sian Doyle S4C Chief Executive said:

"Y Dyn Nath Ddwyn y 'Dolig is one of S4C's all-time classics. I'm so excited to be working with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru on this project.

"The partnership's aim is to bring the best theatre productions to people's screens wherever they are and attract a new audience.

"This will allow people to get a taste of the great work that Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is doing up and down the country."

Steffan Donnelly, Artistic Director and Co Chief Executive of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru said:

"This exciting partnership shows two national companies working together innovatively.

"As well as developing a new musical, the partnership will expand access to our productions, showcase great Welsh artists, increase value for money, and offer audiences the opportunity to re-watch some of their favourite productions.

"Our mission is to tour our performances as close to people's doorsteps as possible. This is an opportunity to go beyond that, taking theatre directly into people's living rooms!"

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