THE BOOK : CONWY WLEDIG A’R RHYFEL MAWR
The book contains information on every one of the 362 of rural Conwy’s men and 2 women who lost their lives in (or as a direct result of) the First World War, expanding on some of the more detailed, ‘fuller’ stories — as well as several other tales and subjects from the area during the war period.
Until very recently (i.e. the latter stages of writing the chapters) my intention was to produce a bilingual book — as I had previously stated several times to the many non-Welsh-speaking contributors of the project. However, unfortunately due to the book’s content being more than double what was initially estimated the project lacked sufficient funds to enable it to be translated into English. The difficult decision was then made to refrain from drastically cutting the Welsh content in order to enable translation, and, instead, to publish the book in Welsh only — initially. The intention, now, is to seek further funding to have the book translated and an English version printed. I apologize for not being able to follow through with my original pledge. The intention, now, is to produce an English version in due course — depending on the availability of new revenue.
The production was scripted and directed by Eilir Jones and performed by a cast of pupils from Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy and Ysgol y Creuddyn.
The drama follows the stories of 3 families (based on true stories which came to light during the research). Between the family scenes, there featured scenes showing recruitment meetings, a chapel service, public meetings to help the soldiers, a tribunal, recitals and performances of songs from the period.
“Y Rhwyg” was performed publically in the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy hall, Llanrwst, on April 5th 2017. The production received a very positive reaction.
Cast (in order of appearance):
Mariel Havard Griffiths
Iolo Wyn James
Mari Glyn Roberts:
Gwilym Bowen Rhys