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Literature Wales presents: Y Gadair Wag | The Empty Chair

A multimedia poetry show, revisiting the life of Hedd Wyn and exploring the nature of loss and identity.
Following a hugely successful first tour in 2017, Y Gadair Wag | The Empty Chair returns to theatres and venues across Wales this February and March.

2017 marked 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) where thousands of soldiers were killed, with approximately 3,000 casualties among the 38th Division (Welsh).

One of those who fell in battle was Hedd Wyn, the poet from Meirionnydd who died before being announced winner of the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead later that year. The empty chair was draped in black, and Hedd Wyn is still remembered in Flanders, as he is in Wales, as a potent symbol of bloodshed and loss.

Created by Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales, directed by Ian Rowlands and with digital art by Jason Lye-PhillipsY Gadair Wag | The Empty Chair explores themes of loss and identity; using film and experimental techniques to look at Hedd Wyn’s life and works alongside other poets of the First World War.

“A feast for the eyes, and the ears!” Lowri Roberts (Teacher)

The tour is funded by Yr Ysgwrn and the Welsh Government’s Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 First World War Centenary Programme and is in partnership with Canolfan S4C Yr Egin.

FULL TOUR SCHEDULE:

  • 13 February, 7.30 pm, Yr Egin, Carmarthen
  • 14 February, 1.30 pm & 7.30 pm, Yr Egin, Carmarthen
  • 15 February, 1.30pm **, Yr Egin, Carmarthen
    Tickets: helo@yregin.cymru / 01267 611600
  • 18 February, 1.00 pm**, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
    Tickets: 01792 602060 / www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk
  • 19 February, 7.00pm**, Urdd Centre, Cardiff Bay
  • 20 February, 10.30 am & 7.00 pm, Urdd Centre, Cardiff Bay
    Tickets: post@literaturewales.org / 029 2047 2266
  • 21 February, 7.30 pm, Canolfan Garth Olwg, Pontypridd
    Tickets: 01443 570075 / llcreception@garth-olwg.cymru / www.garth-olwg.cymru
  • 13 March, 1.00 pm & 7.30 pm, Galeri, Caernarfon
    Tickets: 01286 685222 / www.galericaernarfon.com
  • 14 March, 12.30 pm & 7.00 pm**, Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd
  • 15 March, 10.30 am & 12.30 pm, Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd
    Tickets: yr.ysgwrn@eryri.llyw.cymru / 01766 772508

** Multilingual performance
NOTE: Performances are in Welsh, unless stated otherwise.

Book now for this strictly limited run.

For more information contact Literature Wales on:
029 2047 2266 / post@literaturewales.org

Where

Canolfan Gelfyddydau Taliesin
Abertawe
SA2 8PZ
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Date
Mon 18 Feb
Time
1:00 pm

Language

Bilingual

Tickets

£8

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Who

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Literature Wales
Telephone
02920 472266
Email
post@literaturewales.org