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Theatre across Wales is a landscape filled with a hundred lovingly nurtured different vistas and perspectives. Theatr Pena is a crucial part of that landscape.

Adam Somerset, Reviewer

Theatr Pena began in May 2008 when director Erica Eirian gathered together a number of fellow theatre practitioners to read The House of Bernarda Alba and the group subsequently decided to stage a production of Lorca’s masterpiece.

With the support of The Riverfront, Newport, we staged four performances of The House of Bernarda Alba in February 2009. The short run sold out and a fifth performance was added. The Company was subsequently invited to return to The Riverfront in February 2010.

Brendan Kennelly's The Trojan Women by Euripides was equally well received and in 2011, spurred on by the success of these two productions, The Riverfront’s offer to co-produce the Company's future work and support offered by the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, we applied for our first Arts Council of Wales project grant with which to stage a production of Jean Genet’s dark and disturbing portrayal of seething working class discontent, The Maids.

In the same year we joined the Independent Theatre Council (ITC) and incorporated Theatr Pena as a Company Limited by Guarantee.

Our application to the Arts Council of Wales was successful and the Company’s first co-production with The Riverfront in association with the Torch Theatre opened in the Riverfront Studio on 13th June and in the Torch Studio on 20th June. The production marked the Company’s move from a voluntary group of professional theatre practitioners to a project funded company.