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New theatre production fuses verse, rap and the Welsh dragon myth to explore Britain’s black ancestry.

Jaden Baker (c. Kirsten McTernan)

Theatr Iolo – Wales’ leading children’s theatre company – are producing a brand new, touring show celebrating Britain’s black ancestry, using the mythological story of the Welsh dragon.

Written by Kyle Lima, The Welsh Dragon is a historical, mythological children’s storytelling show that fuses verse, rhyme, music and rap. It will challenge audiences of all ages to question the stories handed down from generation to generation.  

The show will open at Chapter in Cardiff on 7 October 2024 before touring to nine venues across south Wales.

When the walls of a Welsh castle start to crumble because of the two dragons who live in the dungeon, only someone of pure Welsh heritage can stop the battle… but how exactly do you know if someone is Welsh or not? 

The Welsh Dragon weaves together the well-known Welsh myth with historical hidden truths to explore identity, ethnicity and the origins of human life on the British Isles.

Writer Kyle Lima said: “I really wanted to break down the conventions and assumptions people often make about what British and Welsh people are. I wanted to put them aside and set the record straight about the origins of British people; they aren’t all white and they came from many different places.”

Lee Lyford, Theatre Iolo’s Artistic Director & Chief Executive, said: “Mythology is a staple of children’s storytelling, but young audiences can and should hear the truth behind the tales we tell, and be invited to question those tales. Kyle’s play does this with incredible energy, a huge sense of fun and a genuine affection for the dragon on Wales’ national flag.”

The Welsh Dragon is directed by Ewa Dina and designed by Kyle Legall. The composer is Eadyth Crawford. The cast will be confirmed later in the summer.

Kyle Lima, Eadyth Crawford & Kyle Legall (c. Kirsten McTernan)

Listings Information

Theatr Iolo presents

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The Welsh Dragon

Written by Kyle Lima

Directed by Ewa Dina

Designed by Kyle Legall

Composer: Eädyth Crawford

Lighting Designer: Katy Morison

Tour Dates & Venues

7-9 October 2024

Chapter, Cardiff

Monday 10am S (Preview)
Tuesday 1pm S + 7pm (Preview)

Wednesday 1pm S, AD + 7pm AD, BSL

11 October 2024

The Met, Abertillery

1pm S + 7pm

14 October 2024

The Welfare, Ystradgynlais

10am S + 1.15pm S

15-16 October 2024

Pontardawe Arts Centre

Tuesday 1pm S
Wednesday 10am S

18-19 October 2024

The Riverfront, Newport

Friday 1pm S + 7pm
Saturday 2pm RP + 7pm

23 October 2024

The Memo Centre, Barry

10am S + 1pm S

25-26 October 2024

The Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd

Friday 1pm S
Saturday 2pm + 7pm

PERFORMANCES DURING HALF-TERM HOLIDAYS

29 October 2024
Ffwrnes, Llanelli

3pm

31 October 2024
Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

2pm AD, RP + 6pm

2 November 2024
Blackwood Miners’ Institute

2pm BSL, AD + 6pm

Age guidance: 7-13

Running time: 60mins

Press Night: Wed 9 Oct, 7pm at Chapter, Cardiff. Press night invitations will be sent in due course.

S These performances are suitable for school groups

Funding is available to help school groups visit a theatre to see The Welsh Dragon.

Go and See is an Arts Council of Wales grant that can be used to fund visits to high-quality arts events in galleries, theatres, arts centres and other venues. Schools are able to apply for up to £1,000 of funding towards the costs of transport and/or show tickets.

More information is available here: The Welsh Dragon – Go and See information

BSL These performances will include BSL interpretation by Nikki Champagnie Harris.

AD These performances will include Audio Description.

RP These are Relaxed Performances.

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