UWTSD graduate’s one-woman comedy-musical visits Yr Egin


Actress and University of Wales Trinity Saint David graduate, Carys Eleri, is looking forward to returning to the Carmarthen campus as she brings an English and Welsh version of her original musical to Canolfan S4C Yr Egin in November.

Carys Eleri

Fresh from its second run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff), a unique, one-woman, science-comedy musical from BAFTA Award-nominated, Welsh actress and singer Carys Eleri, will take on a 11-venue tour of Wales this autumn alongside a brand new, Welsh language adaptation called Cer i Grafu… sori… GARU!

Written and performed by Carys Eleri – originally from Tumble - Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff) / Cer i Grafu…sori…GARU! is a joyous but deeply personal show about the neuroscience of love and loneliness, tackling the most current themes of wellbeing and mental health with a soundtrack of original, multi-genre songs.

It is Carys’ debut as a writer – she is perhaps best known as the lead actor in S4C’s hit series Parch, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA in 2018 – and it was developed from scratch with the support of Wales Millennium Centre.

Having studied Theatre, Music and Media at UWTSD, Carys is looking forward to return to the Carmarthen campus to perform in front of her home crowd.

“I’m very excited to return to the place where I decided to start out in this mad world of performance and production!” says Carys.

“Yr Egin did not exist in ‘my day’ (omg, I am getting old), and by now I often go to meetings at S4C’s headquarters for different projects and productions, also recently I co-hosted Jonathan there with Jonathan Davies in the absence of Nigel Owens and Sarra Elgan during the World Cup. Taking my own original work to be performed there is going to be very special, especially as I hear there’s a bus-load of old school friends from Maes Yr Yrfa coming! Let the fun begin!”

Lovecraft made its debut at Wales Millennium Centre’s Festival of Voice in 2018 followed by a run at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest arts festival.

It went on to win a Best Cabaret Fringe Award at the Adelaide Fringe - the world’s second largest annual fringe festival – in March 2019. It returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August this year as part of Arts Council of Wales’ This is Wales programme, before embarking, in two versions, on its Wales-wide autumn tour.

“I cannot wait to tour across the sexiest country in the world with the sexiest science-show that ever came out of it,” adds Carys.  “Whether it’s in Welsh or English, come join the fun my darlings to so we can kick this loneliness epidemic in the teeth. Cwtch is King.”

Graeme Farrow, the Centre’s Artistic Director, said: “This is a dazzlingly contemporary show that gives Carys – who’s fast becoming a household name in Wales – a chance to flex all her creative muscles at once. And in a first for the Centre, we’re taking two versions – one in Welsh, one in English – on a six-week tour of Wales, performing in 11 of its most prestigious venues. Wales Millennium Centre is committed to creating innovative work that showcases Wales to the world, and this is one of our best examples of that ambition. We can’t wait to share this show, which has charmed theatregoers in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Adelaide already, with audiences the length and breadth of Wales.”

Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff) / Cer i Grafu… sori… GARU! is currently on tour visiting various locations across Wales including Yr Egin on the University’s Carmarthen campus.  The production is suitable for audiences aged 16+

The Welsh language show will be performed at Yr Egin on Friday 15 November 2019 at 7.30pm with the English language production performed on Saturday 16 November 2019, again at 7.30pm.

The show is directed by Mared Swain with music produced by Branwen Munn.

To book tickets for one of the performances at Yr Egin, go to https://yregin.cymru/en/whats-on/

For further information about the rest of the tour, please visit https://www.wmc.org.uk/en/whats-on/2019/lovecraft-not-the-sex-shop-in-cardiff/

And for information about the creative courses offered at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus, please visit https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/creativecarmarthen/ 

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk