Gair ar Gnawd | Welsh National Opera

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SummaryBack to top

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A tattoo artist. A bible translator. A shared struggle.

What happens when two different people unite through a shared struggle?

Awen is a tattoo artist. Anwar is a Bible translator. When a development plan threatens to destroy their community and remove them from the converted chapel they work in, they come together.

They will realise they are connected not just by their seemingly impossible struggle but by a love of language and storytelling too. Belief, identity, local community unity and the discovery of common ground, Gair ar Gnawd is a very real opera sung in Welsh, about Wales now. It is a story we can relate to and be inspired by.

  • Tickets £12*
  • Running time approximately 1 hour.
  • Sung in Welsh & English with English and Welsh surtitles.
  • Free pre-performance talk at 6pm.

*Online bookings are subject to a £1 booking fee per ticket.


Cast & CreativeBack to top

Composer Pwyll ap Siôn
Librettist Menna Elfyn

Awen (A tattoo artist) Sian Meinir
Anwar (A bible translator) Dyfed Wyn Evans 
Semi chorus
Jessica Robinson
Alys Mererid Roberts
Joanna Harries
Aimee Daniel
Robert Lewis
Rhodri Prys Jones
Meilir Jones
Emyr Wyn Jones

Gair ar Gnawd Community Choir
Piano Annette Bryn Parri & Llŷr Simon
Keyboard Sioned Webb
Percussion Dewi Ellis Jones
Violin 1 Sarah Thornett (WNO Orchestra)
Violin 2 Marilyn Shewring (WNO Orchestra)
Viola Louise Brodrick (WNO Orchestra)
Cello Simon Davison (WNO Orchestra)
Double Bass Mikeal Price (WNO Orchestra)
Saxophone David Miller

Creative Team
Music Director Jenny Pearson
Director Angharad Lee
Repetiteur Annette Bryn Parri & Llŷr Simon
Designer Becky Davies
Assistant Designer Jess Scott
Lighting Designer Ace McCarron
Choreographer Phil Williams
WNO Producer Ruth Evans

Free Pre-Performance TalkBack to top

To explore the story more, come along to the free bilingual pre-performance talk at 6pm. The talk will cover the inspirations, influences and story behind the work and there will also be a chance for you to ask the composer Pwyll ap Siôn and librettist Menna Elfyn questions.