Pryd Mae'r Haf? Criw Brwd Pryd Mae'r Haf? is a funny and moving 80-minute studio piece with a cast of three actors featuring great music and exciting physical work, this show will resonate and connect with today's audiences. Criw Brwd and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru are delighted to announce their new co-production, Pryd Mae’r Haf?, in association with The Other Room and Theatr Soar. Set in the south Wales valleys in 1989, the play follows the story of Luke and Christie, two teenage boys who are best friends. As they leave school, their lives take different paths – Luke joins the army, but Christie stays at home and continues his relationship with his girlfriend, Julie. But the boys find that their friendship suffers as a result of the different paths they have chosen to follow. This is a Welsh translation by Gwawr Loader of the play Christmas Is Miles Away by Chloë Moss. It is set in the late 1980s, and provides a platform for those feelings of frustration, anxiety and hope that are as relevant to young people today as they were then. Sion Pritchard will be directing the production. Sion is very well known as an actor on stage and television, but this will be the first time for him to direct a production for Criw Brwd and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. Gwawr Loader and Elin Phillips from Criw Brwd said: “The opportunity to share Chloë Moss’s excellent play, as well as to celebrate the unique spirit of the valleys people, makes us very proud. Thanks to Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, we as a new company can share our work with a very wide audience, which is a very exciting step for us. With this production, we are creating new contacts between Theatr Soar, The Other Room, Criw Brwd and Theatr Genedlaethol and we hope that this cooperation will inspire other companies to do the same. Many thanks to the three companies for their support.” This is the first time for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to collaborate on a joint production with Criw Brwd. Arwel Gruffydd, the Artistic Director, said: “Creating work that appeals especially to young audiences, and that is particularly relevant to the lives of young people in Wales today, is an important element of the work of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – as too is our wish to support the development of new artists and companies. It is a source of pride for us that a group of young people and emerging artists, who have a clear vision, have ventured to create and produce bold work for the theatre with this uncompromising and warmhearted play. Our ‘Theatr Gen Creu’ scheme enables us to offer the appropriate level of support and encouragement to this group of new producers and artists who are both ambitious and committed. I’m looking forward not only to more collaboration between us, but also to sharing this exceptional play which – although rooted in an industrial community, where economic poverty has a far-reaching effect – is relevant to young people everywhere and in every generation.” ABOUT THE PERFORMER CRIW BRWD Brwd = (adjective) enthusiastic, hot-blooded, impassioned Criw Brwd are a bilingual Cardiff based company who make theatre with a valleys viewpoint. A county rivalry during the Eisteddfod grew into a strong friendship ten years later. Elin and Gwawr are fortunate to have worked together in some of Wales' finest theatres - from playing child miners in Theatr Clwyd's Rape of The Fair Country, to sisters in Sherman Theatre's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. They also share a mutual appreciation of the Spice Girls and pancakes. The theatrical landscape of Wales is one of Europe's most vibrant and compelling. We at Criw Brwd are excited to be a part of it. We are inspired by quiet voices in big valleys, strong women singing raucously on beaches, lonely souls chatting away at the local, big dreamers in small towns, love, loss and hiraeth.