Today (Wednesday, 2 June), it was announced that Rhiannon Lloyd Williams from Cardiff is the recipient of the 2021 Eisteddfod T Drama Prize.

Rhiannon was revealed as the winner in a special ceremony that was broadcast live on S4C and BBC Radio Cymru from the Urdd’s Residential Centre in Llangrannog with the judge, Elgan Rhys, and the three finalists.

Competitors were required to pen a play or monologue suitable for performance on screen or stage for no more than two actors, and no longer than 5 minutes. According to Elgan Rhys, 38 entries were received, the competition being “wonderfully varied”. 

“Here is a collection of young voices with so much to say,” said Elgan Rhys. “It was very difficult to judge, but there are three who submitted complete pieces of work, that were rich in content, with clear, important and extremely timely stories to share with the world. They also showed early signs of   experimenting with the style of their work.”

According to the judge the top three entries were a “breath of fresh air” and there are several memorable lines from the winning work by Rhiannon ‘Help(u)’.  

In his adjudication Elgan Rhys says: “Help(u) is skilfully written and instantly ignites the imagination with a piece that feels as though it has absorbed all the social and political challenges of the past year, creating a new story about the complexity of the relationship between two friends who don’t share the same privileges.”

Rhiannon was born in Bristol and raised in Cardiff. Currently working as part of the marketing and promotions team at S4C, she studied Welsh at Bangor University and graduated in 2017. She is no stranger to writing and publishing and her latest work can be seen in the following publications Can Curiad (Gwasg y Bwthyn, 2021), Adref (Cara, 2020), and Byw yn fy Nghroen (Y Lolfa, 2019).

The Eisteddfod T Drama Ceremony is sponsored by the University of South Wales and Rhiannon receives a specially created award by sculptor Ann Catrin Evans. In second place was Delyth Evans from Silian near Lampeter and third was Martha Grug Ifan from Llangynnwr, near Carmarthen. 

As a result of the ‘Young Playwrights Scheme’, a new partnership between Eisteddfod yr Urdd, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and S4C, films of the winning plays were commissioned and created for Hansh, S4C’s digital platform. 

Rhiannon will also spend a year as Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Young Playwright in Residence – the first young playwright to fill this new role. As well as being mentored by the Theatr Genedlaethol team, Rhiannon will also get the opportunity to be mentored by S4C’s Drama Commissioner and work with some of their recent script writers.

Eisteddfod T is on its third day of broadcasting after a busy and successful first two days. Results for all competitions so far can be found on s4c.cymru/urdd