Tag Archives: Dylan Moore

The playwright is leaving the building…. embracing diversity and challenging normalcy

 

Sharon Morgan, Ruth Lloyd and Ri Richards in 'Cosy' rehearsals. Image: Farrows Creative

Sharon Morgan, Ruth Lloyd and Ri Richards in ‘Cosy’ rehearsals. Image: Farrows Creative

There reaches a point in every theatre production of a sole-authored script when the playwright needs to leave the room…. and now is my time to do just that….

New writing is exactly that – new – it is untried and brings with it all the excitement, risk and anticipation of doing something for the first time… I loved being in rehearsals full time for several weeks, trying out the script, making amendments, getting feedback from visiting playwrights and dramaturgs as well as the company… Now it is my turn to leave everything in the director’s capable hands and allow him and the company to make their final preparations…

We preview on Tuesday 8th March, International Women’s Day, which seems an appropriate day for a play all about women, of all ages, written by a woman playwright…. We’ve also been receiving some fantastic coverage in the press and media, which I reproduce below. Have a ‘Cosy’ read or a listen….

A podcast with Dylan Moore for the Institute of Welsh Affairs: http://www.clickonwales.org/2016/02/iwa-podcast-confronting-the-last-taboo-old-age-and-death-in-theatre/

Read about the most influential and powerful women in Welsh theatre here 

On normalcy and diversity – an interview in The Stage

Lyn Gardner’s Guardian preview of Cosy

Actor Sara Beer and me in conversation with Nicola Heywood Thomas on BBC Radio Wales Arts Show

Joe Turnbull’s interview with me on normalcy and coming from a family of rebels for Exeunt theatre magazine

A feature I wrote about writing for female protagonists for Art Scene In Wales

An interview with Welsh National Treasure Sara Beer for Western Mail and Wales Online

Richard Huw Morgan and Pitch – radio interview with Tom Wentworth, Ruth Lloyd, Llinos Daniel and me

25 exciting things to do in Wales during March WOW247

Cosy: Laughing in the face of age and death

The 'Cosy' sisters: Ri Richards, Ruth Lloyd & Llinos Daniel. Photo: Farrows Creative

The ‘Cosy’ sisters: Ri Richards, Ruth Lloyd & Llinos Daniel. Photo: Farrows Creative

It takes a very special kind of attitude to laugh at death, and this is one I’m happy to say is in rich supply in the Cosy company. My play focuses on some of our society’s last taboos: ageing and death – treating the subjects with respect and a healthy irreverence.

Two weeks into rehearsals, we are getting closer to understanding the dynamic between these brilliant, but flawed female characters at the heart of the play – sisters, mothers, daughters and grand-daughters, with opposing world views and belief systems…. All the ingredients for a satisfyingly complex drama, which we hope will provoke discussion.

Conversations have already started around these vibrant themes. I had a coffee and an excellent discussion with Dylan Moore at the IWA offices in old Butetown last week. Our talk about the cult of youth and how theatre allows us to look into the dark corners can be heard  here

I was also fortunate to be invited alongside cast member Sara Beer onto the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show with Nicola Heyward-Thomas. You can listen here (around 18 mins 40 seconds) to our talk of the production, Unlimited and the work of disabled artists entering the so-called ‘mainstream’.

Further images and news of the production can be followed on the Cosy blog: http://www.cosytheplay.co.uk/cosy-is-coming/

Cosy opens at Wales Millennium Centre 8-12 March, with matinees on 10th and 12th. Further details and to book tickets: https://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2016-2017/WestonStudio/Cosy16/