Performed in Welsh.
In response to an advertisement by Theatr Bara Caws, members from each community where the Company will be performing, have been invited to take part in the next show, DROS Y TOP. Every night each community will contribute a short piece about the First World War, relevant to their particular area, which could take the form of a song, a story, a letter etc.
The members of the community (Aberystwyth) who will be taking parti n Bara Caws’ performance of ‘Dros y Top’ are ELAN ELIDYR and STEFFAN NUTTING. Elan will be introducing Steffan – and Steffan will be reading an extract from the autobiography of J. M. Davies who wrote about his experiences as a soldier in the battle for Pilckem Ridge during the First World War. The poet Hedd Wyn was killed in this battle. Mr Davies was the son of a local farmer from Ponterwyd and his daugther Eiriona kindly gave permission for Steffan to portray her father.
Dros y Top marks the centenary of the First World War, and has been written and created by the cast - Gwion Aled, Rhian Blythe, Mirain Haf, Carwyn Jones, and Rhodri Sion, lead by the playwright Aled Jones Williams and Bara Caws’ Artistic Director, Betsan Llwyd. Osian Gwynedd has been commissioned to compose the music, and is also the Musical Director. According to Aled Jones Williams, working alongside the actors has been both exciting and productive. This method of creating a show also sees the culmination of an idea Betsan Llwyd has been keen to explore since her appointment as Artistic Director, which sees the Company returning to its roots back in the late ‘70s when Bara Caws was established. She has found the process both interesting and instructive. Emyr Morris-Jones has designed the set, with Lois Prys responsible for the costumes.