Press Releases 2016

Urdd Drama Medal Judge, Manon Steffan Ross, to publish new drama, Dau Wyneb, on the Eisteddfod fields at Flint

27.05.2016

On 1 June 2016 at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Flint, north Wales, Canolfan Peniarth will publish ‘Dau Wyneb’, a drama written by the author and playwright, Manon Steffan Ros, who is also judging the Drama Medal at the Eisteddfod this year.

Dau Wyneb has been written specifically for students studying GCSE Drama, and has been included in the list of plays on the new WJEC GCSE Drama syllabus for September 2016 onwards.  It is a very timely drama that deals with people’s friendships with each other on the web, and how the internet in general provides us with a platform to communicate with each other in various ways.

Manon Steffan Ros said, “I have a significant interest in the social changes that have been brought about by the Internet. I'm not one of these who think it's all bad, but the way we interact with each other these days is totally different.  The play deals with our web-identity, and the way we use the best of our ‘selfies to post on facebook, introducing an enhanced and happier aspect of ourselves to the world. In doing so, are we lying about who we really are?

Manon Steffan Ros is a renowned writer and playwright who is extremely popular in Wales, having won several literary awards including the National Eisteddfod’s Drama Medal twice in 2005 and 2006.  Canolfan Peniarth Director, Mr Gwydion Wynne, said, “We as a Centre and as a University are privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with an experienced author and playwright like Manon once again.  We’ve had a great response to the play when we trailed it with students in Schools across Wales recently, and are delighted that WJEC has included the drama on its list of plays for the forthcoming new GCSE Drama syllabus.  We are also extremely pleased to be able to hold a launch for the drama at the Eisteddfod fields where teachers and secondary pupils will have an unique opportunity to meet the author and to see a reading from the drama also”.

The drama is part funded by the Welsh Government’s Commissioning Department, with an additional resource pack for teachers also being published on the play for the Government’s Hwb – Dysgu Cymru website by September 2016.

During the launch on 1 July 2016, two students of University Wales Trinity Saint David’s BA Perfformio degree at Cardiff will be performing a scene from the play.  Following the launch, copies will be available for purchase at the Eisteddfod and from Peniarth’s online shop and from local bookstores. 

Further Information

Gruff Ifan | gruff@canolfanpeniarth.org | 07800 890 964