D. J. Britton's work to feature at the Taliesin Arts Centre on 18 December

WINDSONGS OF THE BLESSED BAY - Myth, magic, history … and a bird so black it’s pink.

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A woman who plucks out her own eye to escape marriage. A banker so competitive he’d rather sink with his ship than share his top hat. A blind Welsh braveheart who sails out into the Irish Sea guided by a cormorant so black she calls him Pinky. Her much-mourned Welsh grandfather who died dreaming of the one great last catch.

These are some of the characters in Windsongs of the Blessed Bay, a production in development by the creators of the hit show The Wizard, the Goat and the Man Who Won the War, which brought the life of David Lloyd George to a wide audience throughout Wales.

Windsongs of the Blessed Bay tells the story of a blind young woman, Betrys, who sets sail from St Bride’s Bay in West Wales in pursuit of her grandfather’s dream, only to encounter Welsh worlds she never imagined and a soul battle of mythic proportions.

A joint venture between Theatr Cadair and Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea, this vivid adventure in theatricality, story-telling, comedy and history brings together legendary Singaporean puppet master Benjamin Ho and talented young Welsh designer Bethany Seddon.  The result is visually startling. Work on the production is currently under way at Swansea University.

Windsongs  features the work of Wizard writer-director D.J.Britton and BAFTA_winning actor Richard Elfyn. They are joined by Theatr Cadair core members Eiry Thomas, Gwydion Rhys and  Gwawr Loader. Music and song are by Swansea’s own folk favourite Andy Tamlyn Jones, of Boys From the Hill fame.

With the help of Swansea University student Jasmine Metcalfe, who has been blind since birth, and stage manager Sarah Morgan,  Britton and the cast have developed a story which is at once moving, powerful and  full of rich humour.

As with The Wizard, the Goat and the Man Who Won the War, Theatr Cadair’s new project will be shown progressively to trial audiences throughout its development.

To this end, company invites you to to be in at the start of this venture, with a FREE showing of the work in progress at Taliesin Arts Centre, University of Swansea, on Thursday December 18th at 7.30 pm. The performance will be a little over an hour long, and will be followed by a chance for audience members to offer their thoughts, which will help shape the full production, due to go on tour autumn 2015. The show is free, but tickets must be booked through the Taliesin box office on 01792 60 20 60 or online; www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk . Advanced booking strongly advised.

The Windsongs project is funded by Arts Council Wales and the Lottery Fund. It is suitable for audiences of all ages.

D.J. Britton is an award-winning dramatist, director and dramaturg. He was formerly National Executive Producer heading the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio drama department, and is now the Drama specialist on the Creative Writing Programme in the English Department at Swansea University.