Date(s) - 25/09/2018 - 29/09/2018
Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero blends three periods of war: Celtic – represented by the epic War poem ‘Y Gododdin’; WWI – represented by Brangwyn’s British Empire Panels; and, the Contemporary – represented by a serving soldier from Swansea who provides the narrative arc for the performance.
Audiences will be able to enjoy:
- Interventions on Swansea beach and the streets around the Guildhall
- Performances and installations within the Brangwyn and Guildhall
- A Harvest supper
Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero extends Marc Rees’ creative exploration and practice in site-responsive theatre with a musical element forming the project’s core.
It will take the form of an immersive requiem realised from an original collaboration by the late Oscar nominated, Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson (‘The Theory of Everything’ and ‘Arrival’) with nascent composer Owen Morgan Roberts completed by Roberts.
The libretto will be written by BAFTA winning writer Owen Sheers (‘Mametz’, ‘The Passion’, ‘Aberfan: The Green Hollow’)) and sung by Polyphony – Stephen Layton’s, world famous, Grammy winning choir.
As with much of Rees’ work, the experience will be a promenade, where the audience will be guided by the show’s main protagonist – The Peace Protester, played by the Welsh performer and frequent Rees collaborator, Eddie Ladd.
The Peace Protester provides a crucial counter-narrative to the contemporary soldier’s tale.
Who is the real Hero of this story? Come find out for yourself.
£15, £12 concessions
Now The Hero: Now For More
To coincide with the main performance dates there is a mini festival, an extended ‘art weekender’ – Now For More involving all of the city’s cultural institutions and organisations, large and small. Now For More will feature one-off special events, exhibitions, artist talks, family activities and trails, public artworks, workshops and performances by outstanding contemporary artists in multiple locations across Swansea.
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