Once before my bloom faded, came a lad / Who sang a song that lit a flame / In my tired heart.
Easter 1230 and anuneasy truceexists between a divided Wales and England. At the court of the charismatic Prince of North Wales, a catastrophe is about to unfold and dreams of a united Wales will crumble.
The Royal Bed is Siôn Eirian’s masterful English language adaptation of the Welsh classic, Siwan, by renowned Welsh playwright Saunders Lewis. Set in medieval Wales, it is a heartbreaking tale of the disintegration of a marriage played out against a backdrop of political intrigue.
National Tour 11 February to 28 March 2015
The Riverfront Newport, Torch Theatre Milford Haven, Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
Blackwood Miners Institute, The Hafren Newtown, Borough Theatre Abergavenny, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Theatr Twm o’r Nant Denbigh, Theatr Mwldan Cardigan,
Theatr Gartholwg Church Village, Wyeside Arts Centre Builth Wells, Galeri Caernarfon, Metropole Abertillery, Lyric Carmarthen, Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon, Llandovery College, Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea, Theatr Felinfach.
A THEATR PENA co-production with THE RIVERFRONT in association with the TORCH THEATRESupported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales through the National Performing Arts Touring Scheme
" ...a stimulating and enjoyable piece of living theatre. 5* ” Mike Smith, WalesOnline
"The Royal Bed opens up the beauty of Welsh Culture to the masses, a Valentine’s gift to Wales, embrace it as it embarks on its tour." Andy Howells, South Wales Argus
"...another crowning success for Theatr Pena." Michael Kelligan, Theatre in Wales
"Theatr Pena, already famed for their innovative productions, especially on gender issues, have taken their expertise into Medieval Wales with great success."
Shan Morgain, Mabinogistudy
“Skillfully crafted production…. Tightly directed by Erica Eirian” Eryl Crump, Daily Post
“Sumptuous & Full-Spirited Saunders Lewis Revival” Adam Somerset, Theatre in Wales
COMMENTS FROM VENUES and AUDIENCE MEMBERS
"Fine writing, directing, design, music and acting came together in a fine piece of theatre tonight" The Riverfront (co-producer)
"Stylish production of The Royal Bed at the Torch tonight. Lovely performances, design and direction." Torch Theatre (associate co-producer)
"Sion Eirian's adaptation was masterful - A great production." Galeri
"Outstanding show and production." Pontardawe Arts Centre
"Astounding ensemble production of The Royal Bed."
Terry Dyddgen Jones, Director
“Arbennig! Odd e yn wych - nes i wirioneddol mwynhau o'r dechrau i'r diwedd.”
Dafydd Rhys, Director of Content S4C
"Brilliant production of The Royal Bed - fabulous and powerful."
Helen Thomas, Occupational Therapist
"Really brilliant production with a great cast."
"Magical show, magical acting, magical music, magical set. Magical night. Thanks very much.
“Top performances, set design, music and direction.”
“Brilliant translation and acting!”
"Sion Eirian's masterful adaptation would not have been bettered by Saunders Lewis himself”
Meic Povey, Playwright, Actor and Director
"What a brilliant translation, movingly and powerfully acted and staged."
Professor Elan Closs Stephens, BBC National Trustee for Wales
“May this have been the first of many successful tours for Theatr Pena”
Siwan: Eiry Thomas
Alis: Hannah O’Leary
Gwilym Brewys: Francois Pandolfo
Llywelyn: Russell Gomer
Trobairitz (voice): Buddug Verona James
Trobairitz (Celtic harp): Delyth Jenkins
Director: Erica Eirian
Designer: Holly McCarthy
Lighting Designer: Kay Haynes
Sound Designer: Mike Beer
Musical Director: Buddug Verona James
Assistant Director: Brenda Knight
Production and Tour Manager: Ian Buchanan
Re-lighter and Technician: Daniel Sawyer
Stage Manager: Julie Towson
Assistant Stage Manager: Eirian Evans
Costume Supervisor: Deryn Tudor
Scenic Artist: Reva Callan
Design Assistant: Christina McConnell
Set Construction: Adjacent Education Project
Marketing Officer: Megan Merrett
Programme Design: Sarah Down (Limegreentangerine Design Agency)
Production Photography: Simon Gough (Simon Gough Photography)
Producer: Ceri James