SPAN's online live streaming community theatre company
Calling all social climbers and gossips! Casting for “Lady Windermere’s Fan” is taking place soon.
SPAN’s “Theatr Soffa” community theatre group is bringing an abridged version of Oscar Wilde’s scandalous drama to a screen near you in March 2022! This is the perfect option for anyone who likes performing as well as those wanting to improve their confidence or try out a new skill. Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm starting on the 19th January, all from the comfort of your own home. If you need any help joining the calls to take part please let us know and we’ll provide assistance.
“Theatr Soffa” is an innovative community arts project with a focus on reducing isolation and loneliness in rural communities as well as improving mental health and wellbeing amongst people living across Pembrokeshire. Productions of “Under Milk Wood”, “Dan y Wenallt”, “Dracula”, “Bynji Jymping a Straeon Eraill”, and “A Child’s Christmas in Wales / Nadolig Plentyn yng Nghymru” have been performed to a wide positive response. Just as with in-person performance, the show is performed live using exciting livestream technology to allow participants and audiences to take part from home, with added sound and video effects woven in. It’s a great way to learn new skills, as cast members often help each other with backdrops, prop making and costume, and there’s a lot of fun in exploring camera angles and what can be done from home. And of course that post rehearsal glass of wine or cuppa is only ever a few feet away!
To register your interest, please complete this registration form by clicking here.
*Please note that past participants are also required to complete this form*
Theatr Soffa is an online community theatre company presenting live-streamed community performances through zoom in both English and Welsh.
It was initially conceived by SPAN as a creative way to connect rurally isolated and housebound individuals across Pembrokeshire, by using the arts and innovative use of technology.
To date we have produced and presented five live-streamed community productions in both English and Welsh whilst we have been living under lockdown conditions.
Earlier in lockdown, two community casts of over 40 people, one English speaking and one Welsh, rehearsed and performed two productions. One was Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, in English. It was followed by a Welsh language performance of Dan Y Wenallt, the Welsh translation by Richard T James.
The project was so successful that the cast and crew were keen to begin working on three more plays in Autumn 2020. The first was an ambitious rendition of Dracula. The second was a piece of original writing made with the community and led by Ceri Ashe called Lockdown Tales: Making Bread and Babies. The third was a bilingual version, Chwedlau’r Cyfnod Clo: Bara a Babanod.
Little did we know that rehearsals for the autumn productions would also fall during the Welsh fire-breaker and would be performed just as Wales was emerging from its second lockdown. This brave and experimental community production has been the perfect project for all the team as many of participants live alone, are older and/or due to shielding are unable to venture out.
All were well attended with excellent feedback showing a desire for more.
Theatr Soffa has continued to enthrall audiences throughout the long, cold winter months with their bilingual performances of Dylan Thomas’s beloved festive tale ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’, including a Welsh-medium performance of Bryan Martin-Davies’s translation of the classic story.
How to get involved
If you would like to find out more or get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org