2015 will be a big year for two former students of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol at the University of South Wales.
Gethin Evans and Elgan Rhys have established a bilingual drama company with the aim of creating exciting theatre for audiences across Wales.
Pluen will be the first ever-resident company of Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, which will give them an opportunity to perform new shows and work with experts to perfect their craft.
Co Directors Gethin from Denbigh an Elgan from Pwllheli met while studying BA Theatre and Drama degrees at the Atrium, University of South Wales.
After graduating, Elgan worked with Sherman Cymru, Dirty Protest and Theatr Iolo as well as being nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award after writing a short film called ‘Fi a Miss World’ which was produced by It’s My Shout and S4C.
Gethin worked as Assistant Director on various productions including Mametz, National Theatre Wales as well as Arabian Nights and Romeo and Juliet with Sherman Cymru.
Both were glad to form Pluen and create their first production, Llais/Voice that was staged at Sherman Cymru, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llanelli and Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.
Gethin Evans, who was recently appointed Artistic Associate with Sherman Cymru said:
‘‘We are looking forward to establishing a new bilingual drama company and have the chance to develop our work further with the support of a professional theatre company. This would not have been possible without the guidance and constant help we received during our time at the University of South Wales.’’
Sera Moore Williams, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol lecturer at the University of South Wales said:
‘‘The way in which Gethin and Elgan have created this new company and based Pluen in the centre of theatre provision in Wales and beyond is proof that young people can make their mark in the theatre world, and I hope they will be of inspiration to everyone who wants to study and train in the field in future.’’
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