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Theatre director, dramaturg and creative practitioner
cyfarwyddwr theatr, dramatwrg ac ymarferydd creadigol

Director/
Cyfarwyddwr

Working in new writing and new musicals bilingually, I have worked with companies such as Wales Millennium Centre, Goodspeed, The Other Room, Sherman Theatre, Papertrail, August012, NOISEMAKER and Chippy Lane Productions.
Yn gweithio gyda ddramau a sioeau gerdd newydd yn ddwyieithog, dw i wedi gweithio gyda cwmnïau fel Ganolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Goodspeed, The Other Room, Theatr y Sherman, Papertrail, August012, NOISEMAKER a Chippy Lane Productions

Dramaturg/
Dramatwrg

Working predominantly with underrepresented writers and bilingual theatre, I’ve worked on commissions, awards and across multiple mediums. I currently run a ‘pay-it-forward’ scheme for underrepresented writers and those in financial need. I’m also Literary Associate for the Sherman Theatre.
Yn gweithio yn bennaf ar brosiectau dwy-ieithog a gyda sgwennwyr sydd wedi eu tangynrychioli, rwyf wedi gweithio ar nifer o gomisiynnau, gwobrau ac hefyd dros gwahanol gyfryngau. Dw i’n rhedeg cynllun ‘talu-ymlaen’ ar gyfer dramodwyr sydd wedi’i tan-gynrychioli ac sydd o angen ariannol. Fi ydy Cydymaith Llenyddol Theatr y Sherman.

Creative Practitioner/
Ymarferydd Creadigol

I work as a facilitator and practitioner with community, youth and school groups. I work as a lead practitioner bilingually with companies like Theatr Iolo and Sherman Theatre.
Rwyf yn gweithio fel hyrwyddwr ag ymarferydd creadigol gyda grŵpiau cymunedol, theatr ifanc ac ysgolion. Dw i’n gweithio fel prif ymarferydd yn ddwy-ieithog gyda chwmniau fel Theatr Iolo a Sherman Theatre.

Reviews & Awards
Adolygiadau & Gwobrau

“5* The Welsh language is celebrated in Alun Saunders’ exquisite Zip, performed with melancholic energy by Gillian Elisa. On the surface, nothing much is happening, it’s just another boring day in lockdown. But sadness tinged with bitterness enhance the script and performance, as we all miss the world we used to know..”

British Theatre

‘Best Director’, ‘Best Individual Performance’, ‘Best Comedy Performance’ and ‘Festival Winners: Welsh Champions’.

‘Constellations’ by Nick Payne at the British Festival of One Act Plays 2019

“5* It is a perfect nugget of a play. So, brief as to just have been a dream…the vulnerability of the protagonist proves to be the monologues greatest strength. There is much lyricism to the piece; Abouayen’s soft Swansea accent (so beautifully spoken) and the mesmeric sounds of the sea with the mournful seagulls are so important to create the atmosphere. A sound out of place would have broken its spell.”

Seaside by Martha Reed
London Pub Theatres

“4* Directors Gwenan Bain and Alice Eklund have kept their interpretation of the piece simple and seem not to have asked for strong emotions, concentrating on what is there in the script, which makes the piece all the more powerful.”

Seaside by Martha Reed
Mobile Theatre

Blog

The Violence Series – Tour

This January (into February), I had the incredible opportunity to continue working on the Violence Series at The Other Room as they geared up for their tour to London and across Wales. I had already worked on Hela by Mari Izzard (The Stage Debut Writing Nominee) back in November, so I was READY to getContinue reading “The Violence Series – Tour”