After a much-lauded, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 (winner of the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2014), ‘Hiraeth’ is going home to venues and rural village halls across Wales with live music, Welsh cakes and a Twmpath.
“Hiraeth, along with its creator/performer Buddug James Jones, is undoubtedly this year’s find” (The Evening Standard).
In the summer of 1989, a farmer’s wife gave birth to a baby girl. In this moment Buddug James Jones became heir to her family’s three hundred year old farming dynasty. Now as a modern young woman, Bud is desperate to change her destiny. Leaving five generations of tradition behind, she sets out alone into the big smoke encountering men, heartbreak, drama and hilarity along the way.
Hiraeth is a Welsh word with no direct English translation; it is a mix of longing, yearning,
nostalgia, wistfulness and desire – a pride you feel for your roots and a sadness for the loss of a way of life. The show rejoices in this universal emotion with which everyone can empathise even as Bud wrestles with the knowledge that her departure marks a time of change and sounds the death knell for the family farm. Through one woman’s struggle to escape and let go, Hiraeth explores the decline of Welsh identity and tradition.
26th – 27th October – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
28th October – CARAD, Rhayader
30th October – Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
31st October – Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
1st November – Garnswyllt Welfare Hall, Ammanford
3rd November – Wells Little Theatre, Wells
5th November – Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham
6th November – Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil
7th November – Neuadd Bro Fana, Ffarmers
8th November – Gwynfe Community Hall, Gwynfe
12th November – Dragon Theatre, Barmouth
13th November – Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn
15th November – The Muse, Brecon