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Theatr Soffa

SPAN's online live streaming community theatre company

Theatr Soffa: Community theatre with a twist Theatr Soffa is back with opportunities to participate in Welsh and English online performances of  ‘Nadolig Plentyn yng Nghymru’ / ‘A Childs Christmas in Wales’ by Dylan Thomas. 

SPAN’s online community theatre company is back for a new season of creativity and performance.   An autumn season of lively online rehearsal and development workshops will culminate in a livestreamed performance. 

Who? No experience necessary.  Opportunities available for performers and ‘back-stage’ involvement.   

When?  Auditions will be held online for Welsh language cast 22nd & English language on 24th Sept for performances in December. 

This is a free activity however, booking is essential, please contact Nia Lewis to register interest: nia@span-arts.org.uk 

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.

How to get involved

If you would like to find out more or get involved please email nia@span-arts.org.uk

“The program put together by Span has helped me by giving me a reason to keep my life as normal as possible, a reason to get out of bed get dressed and have a shave!”

“I felt shut away but the project has given me a whole new lease of life”