THEATR SOAR, THEATRE UNCUT AND SHERMAN THEATRE ANNOUNCE LIVE PREMIERE OF THE MERTHYR STIGMATIST BY LISA PARRY TO BE PRESENTED IN MERTHYR TYDFIL
Theatr Soar, Theatre Uncut and the Sherman Theatre will present the first live performances of The Merthyr Stigmatist by Lisa Parry at Theatr Soar in Merthyr Tydfil. Following the highly acclaimed digital presentation of the play in May 2020 at the Sherman Theatre the original production with the original cast will now we presented live for the first time. The Merthyr Stigmatist is a co-production with Theatr Soar, Theatre Uncut with support from the Sherman Theatre having been shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award. This presentation has been made possible with support from the Creu Cyffro fund.
Taking place in a Merthyr Tydfil classroom, Parry’s exhilarating new play sees faith, reason and politics collide when Carys, a sixteen year-old school pupil claims to have received the wounds of Christ. Carys is convinced that her wounds are a sign from God and is crying out to be heard. Siân, Carys’s teacher is not so sure. Filled with doubt, Siân believes silencing Carys will keep her safe, but can she make sense of what is happening to her young pupil? This major new Welsh play has been brought to life under the direction of Emma Callander, Theatre Uncut’s Artistic Director. The creative team for this presentation includes: Designer Elin Steele (Woof, Sherman Theatre, Llyfr Glas Nebo, Cwmni Fran Wen), Merthyr based Composer Eädyth, who recently collaborated on Sherman Theatre’s Heart of Cardiff audio season, Sound Designer Ian Barnard (Alice in Wonderland, Sherman Theatre). Theatre Uncut and the Sherman Theatre worked closely with Merthyr College staff and students in the creation of the play in 2020, building on their previous projects Tydfil Tales and Tydfil Truths. The original cast include: Bethan Mary James (The Meaning of Zong, Bristol Old Vic, The Beautiful Village The Abbey Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing, Tobacco Factory Theatre) and Merthyr born and based actress Bethan McLean