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Congratulations Geinor

Delighted to see our Artistic Director Geinor Styles awarded an honourary fellowship today from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, alongside Huw Edwards and a host of other brilliant people.

The work of Merthyr born theatre director and playwright Geinor Styles has been recognised today by an honorary fellowship awarded by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Other recipients of honorary fellowships include, Hugo Blick (Writer, Producer, Director and an alumnus of the College), Lynwen Brennan (General Manager – Lucasfilm), Lucy Davies (Executive Producer, Royal Court Theatre), Huw Edwards (Broadcaster), Tim Rhys Evans MBE (Founder and Conductor of Only Men Aloud and Only Boys Aloud. Also an alumnus of the College) and Dr Alan Watson (Internationally recognised bio-scientist researching musical performance physiology.

An RWCMD alumni and the Artistic Director of multi award-winning theatre company Theatr na nÓg, Geinor has been working in the industry for over 25 years, creating magical theatre experiences for predominantly young audiences.

Her work embodies a love for inspirational stories rooted in Wales - in particular untold stories from Wales’ rich history are given a new life under her direction. Her passion for sharing these stories and making theatre accessible to the communities to whom they belong reflects an ethos of creating high quality theatre for the masses.

This year the company celebrates 30 years of a Swansea-based project which annually sees more than 80 primary schools experience a Theatr na nÓg production, for many children, their first experience of theatre.

“I am so proud and delighted to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the College especially as it acknowledges the work that I’ve created in Wales for young audiences. I am grateful for the training I received here and in particular a special thank you to Mr David Edwards who as my lecturer, instilled in me the importance of quality theatre for audiences in Wales and beyond. Diolch yn fawr.”

In addition to her work for schools, Geinor has nurtured her company to sell-out success in venues across the UK and beyond, with her acclaimed retelling of Tom Jones’ early career in Wales in Tom: The Musical, her original musical Eye of the Storm which premiered in Asia earlier this year, and in numerous trips to far flung corners of the world telling the story of Welsh explorer and co-discoverer of evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace.

With Theatr na nÓg, Geinor is currently preparing for a UK-wide tour of her new musical Eye of the Storm, co-written by one of today’s most in-demand songwriters, Grammy Award winning Amy Wadge. Inspired by Geinor’s work with young carers in her community, the play tells an inspiring story of a young girl torn between caring for her mother and living out her dreams as part of a generation with the power to end climate change.

Eye of the Storm is on tour this autumn across venues in Edinburgh, Swansea, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Newport, Bangor and Aberystwyth. Visit eyeofthestormmusical.co.uk.

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Llongyfarchiadau Geinor

Mor falch i weld ein Cyfarwyddwr Artistig, Geinor Styles, yn cael ei wobrwyo fel Gymrodyr Anrhydeddol Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru, ynghyd â Huw Edwards a llu o bobl wych eraill.

Mae gwaith y cyfarwyddydd a dramodydd theatr, Geinor Styles, a aned ym Merthyr Tudful, wedi cael ei gydnabod heddiw gan gymrodoriaeth anrhydeddus a ddyfarnwyd gan Goleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru.

Mae derbynwyr cymrodoriaethau anrhydeddus eraill yn cynnwys Hugo Blick (Awdur, Cynhyrchydd, Cyfarwyddwr ac un o gyn-fyfyrwyr y Coleg), Lynwen Brennan (Rheolwr Cyffredinol - Lucasfilm), Lucy Davies (Cynhyrchydd Gweithredol, Theatr y Llys Brenhinol), Huw Edwards (Darlledwr), Tim Rhys Evans MBE (Sylfaenydd ac Arweinydd "Only Men Aloud" ac "Only Boys Aloud" - sydd hefyd yn gyn-fyfyriwr yn y Coleg) a Dr Alan Watson (bio-wyddonydd a gydnabyddir yn rhyngwladol, sy'n ymchwilio i ffisioleg perfformiad cerddorol).

Yn gyn-fyfyriwr CBCDC, a Chyfarwyddydd Artistig Cwmni Theatr na nÓg, mae Geinor wedi bod yn gweithio yn y diwydiant ers dros pum mlynedd ar hugain, yn creu profiadau theatr hudol i gynulleidfaoedd ifanc yn bennaf. Mae ei gwaith yn ymgorffori ei chariad at straeon ysbrydoledig sydd wedi'u gwreiddio yng Nghymru - yn arbennig felly, caiff storïau difyr hanes cyfoethog Cymru anadl newydd dan ei chreadigrwydd hi. Mae ei brwdfrydedd i rannu'r hanesion hyn, a gwneud theatr yn hygyrch i'r cymunedau y maent yn perthyn iddynt, yn adlewyrchu ethos o greu theatr o'r ansawdd uchaf ar gyfer bobl gyffredin.

Eleni mae'r cwmni'n dathlu 30 mlynedd o brosiect yn Abertawe sy'n croesawu disgyblion dros 80 o ysgolion cynradd i brofi gwefr Theatr na nÓg - ac i nifer helaeth o'r plant, hwn fydd eu profiad cyntaf o theatr fyw.

Yn ogystal â'i gwaith i ysgolion, mae Geinor wedi meithrin ei chwmni i lwyddiant ysgubol mewn theatrau ledled y DU a thu hwnt, gyda chynyrchiadau fel "Tom" - sioe gerdd am yrfa cynnar Syr Tom Jones, a’r sioe gerdd wreiddiol "Eye of the Storm" a berfformiwyd am y tro cyntaf yn Abertawe yn 2017, ac yn Hong Kong ar ddechrau’r flwyddyn hon.

“Mae hyn yn fraint, ac rydw i wrth fy modd o gael cynnig Cymrodoriaeth Anrhydeddol gan y Coleg, yn enwedig gan ei fod yn cydnabod y gwaith rydw i wedi'i greu yng Nghymru ar gyfer cynulleidfaoedd ifanc. Rwy'n ddiolchgar am yr hyfforddiant a gefais yn y coleg ac yn diolch yn arbennig i Mr David Edwards a oedd, fel fy narlithydd, yn bybyr dros bwysigrwydd creu theatr o ansawdd rhagorol i gynulleidfaoedd yng Nghymru a thu hwnt. Diolch yn fawr. ”

Mae Geinor ar hyn o bryd yn paratoi ar gyfer taith ledled y DU gyda fersiwn newydd o'i sioe gerdd "Eye of the Storm", a ysgrifennwyd ar y cyd gydag un o gyfansoddwyr caneuon mwyaf poblogaidd y byd, Amy Wadge, enillydd Gwobr Grammy. Mae’r ddrama gerdd yn adrodd stori ysbrydoledig am ferch ifanc sydd wedi'i rhwygo rhwng gofalu am ei mham a llwyddo yn y maes gwyddonol. Bydd "Eye of the Storm" ar daith yr hydref hwn i Gaeredin, Abertawe, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Casnewydd, Bangor ac Aberystwyth. Ewch i eyeofthestormmusical.co.uk.

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School Children invent new classroom app in a Creative Collaboration with Multi Award-Winning Theatre and Tech Professionals

In a one of a kind partnership between four primary schools, a theatre company and a multi award winning technology company based in Swansea, a brand new app project has been taking place this spring.

It’s not often that an app for children is created by children, but that gets to the heart of the ethos behind this project. The app went live this week at a special event hosted by Sketty Primary School for the young app developers and project partners. It is now available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play.

"We wanted to give young, creative minds the same tools and industry support that any professional company or organisation looking to create a successful educational app would have access to. Our award-winning productions often tell inspirational stories, challenging preconceptions about what people are capable of, and we’ve been delighted that this exciting project has delivered just that to our local community"
Nancy Sheterline, Marketing, Press and Communications Manager at Theatr na nÓg.

Over 4 months, year 4, 5 and 6 pupils from Oystermouth, Sketty, Cwmafan and Trelales Primary Schools have been receiving training and support from Learning Technology Company Aspire2Be and Theatr na nÓg. The children were involved in every step of the development process – from creating a brief, to designing the structure, icons, look and feel, as well as creating the content.

Packed full of interactive activities, classroom challenges and behind the scenes content, the finished app will be used by hundreds of schools across the UK and beyond, to inspire creative classroom projects linked to topics such as Climate Change, biodiversity, society and health, theatre production and weather systems.
The topics covered by the app all relate to themes in Theatr na nÓg’s award-winning productions for schools.

The app also hosts an extensive stockpile of lesson plans created by a team of teachers, designed to tie into the Areas of Learning and Experience that are central to the new Curriculum for Wales. It is an exciting time for education in Wales, with the value of creativity and self-led learning being recognised within the curriculum. It is hoped that this flagship project will help to demonstrate the combined power of technology and creativity for educating the next generation.

This innovative project has received over £10,000 funding from the Arts Council Wales Creative Collaboration fund and further support from Western Power Distribution, Arts and Business Wales and the Colwinston Trust.

The app is completely free and available by searching for ‘Theatr na nÓg’ on all major app providers.

Theatr na nÓg go on UK tour this autumn with an original musical about climate change, Eye of the Storm (Winner of Best Show for Children and Young People at Wales Theatre Awards 2018) and present The Butterfly Hunter, a new production about famous Welsh scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, who discovered the theory of evolution independently of Charles Darwin, for a 7 week run for schools in Swansea throughout September and October.

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Plant Ysgol yn dyfeisio ap newydd i’r ystafell ddosbarth wrth Gydweithio’n Greadigol â Theatr Aml-wobrwyedig a Technolegwyr Proffesiynol

Mewn partneriaeth unigryw rhwng pedair ysgol gynradd, cwmni theatr aml-wobrwyedig a chwmni technoleg a leolir yn Abertawe, aeth prosiect ap newydd sbon rhagddi y gwanwyn hwn.

Nid yn aml fydd ap i blant yn cael ei greu gan blant, ond dyna sydd wrth wraidd ethos y prosiect hwn. Aeth yr ap yn fyw yr wythnos hon mewn digwyddiad arbennig yng ngofal Ysgol Gynradd Sgeti ar gyfer datblygwyr ifanc yr ap a phartneriaid y prosiect. Bellach mae ar gael i’w lawrlwytho am ddim o App Store a Google Play.

"We wanted to give young, creative minds the same tools and industry support that any professional company or organisation looking to create a successful educational app would have access to. Our award-winning productions often tell inspirational stories, challenging preconceptions about what people are capable of, and we’ve been delighted that this exciting project has delivered just that to our local community"
Nancy Sheterline, Rheolwr Marchnata, y Wasg a Chyfathrebu yn Theatr na nÓg

Dros gyfnod o 4 mis, bu disgyblion blynyddoedd 4, 5 a 6 o Ysgolion Cynradd Ystumllwynarth, Sgeti, Cwmafan a Trelales yn cael eu hyfforddi a’u cefnogi gan Gwmni Technoleg Dysgu Aspire2Be a Theatr na nÓg. Roedd y plant ynghlwm wrth bob cam o’r broses ddatblygu – o greu brîff, i ddylunio’r strwythur, eiconau, golwg a naws, yn ogystal â chreu’r cynnwys rhyngweithiol.

Caiff yr ap, sy’n llawn dop o weithgareddau rhyngweithiol, heriau ystafell ddosbarth a chynnwys o’r tu ôl i’r llenni, ei ddefnyddio gan gannoedd o ysgolion ledled y DI a thu hwnt. Bydd yn ysbrydoli prosiectau creadigol yn yr ystafell ddosbarth sy’n ymwneud â phynciau fel Newid Hinsawdd, bioamrywiaeth, cymdeithas ac iechyd, cynhyrchiadau theatr a systemau tywydd.
Mae’r holl bynciau ar yr ap yn berthnasol i themâu cynyrchiadau gwobrwyedig Theatr na nÓg’s i ysgolion.

Mae’r ap hefyd yn cynnwys pentwr helaeth o gynlluniau gwersi a grëwyd gan dîm o athrawon, sy’n berthnasol i gynnwys newydd Cwricwlwm i Gymru. Â hithau’n gyfnod cyffrous i addysg yng Nghymru, mae’r prosiect hwn yn arddangos pŵer technoleg a chreadigrwydd ar y cyd ar gyfer addysgu’r genhedlaeth nesaf.

Derbyniodd y prosiect arloesol hwn dros £10,000 o nawdd oddi wrth Gronfa Cydweithio Creadigol Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, a chefnogaeth gan Western Power Distribution, The Colwinston Trust and Arts & Business Cymru.

Mae’r ap yn rhad ac am ddim ac ar gael wrth chwilio am ‘Theatr na nÓg’ ym mhob prif ddarparwr ap.

Bydd Theatr na nÓg yn mynd ar daith ledled y DU yn yr hydref â sioe gerdd wreiddiol am newid hinsawdd, Eye of the Storm (Enillydd Sioe Orau i Blant a Phobl Ifanc Gwobrau Theatr Cymru 2018) a chyflwyno’r Heliwr Pili Pala, cynhyrchiad newydd am wyddonydd o Gymro enwog, Alfred Russel Wallace a wnaeth ddarganfod theori esblygiad yn annibynnol o Charles Darwin, a hynny am gyfnod o 7 wythnos yn ysgolion Abertawe drwy gydol misoedd Medi a Hydref.

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