Based on the iconic, true story of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, Celebrated Virgins follows the lives of the Ladies of Llangollen, two aristocratic Irish women who ran away to be together in 1778. This project has been in development with Theatr Clwyd since 2020, supported by the Carne Trust.
Directed by Eleri B. Jones, Co-created with Katie Elin-Salt (Writer). Based on an original idea by Eleri with Movement by Jess Williams (Frantic Assembly Associate), Design by Holly Pigott, LX Design by Kieron Johnson, Sound Design by Matthew Williams and Original Music by Lynwen Haf Roberts.
The world premiere of Celebrated Virgins ran at Theatr Clwyd until 4th June, 2022 and at Chapter Arts Centre from 9-11th June.
Celebrated Virgins was listed in The Guardian's Top 10 Best Theatre Shows of 2022.
**** The Guardian **** The Stage
**** Arts Scene in Wales
Extracts, performed at Theatr Clwyd in June 2022 was a 3-hour performance celebrating extracts from Curtain Up, where 15 Welsh writers were commissioned by the theatre to create scripts based on the theme of 'Beginnings'.
The theatre's 6 community companies created a festival of text, voice and community, exploring hidden voices.
Eleri entered the process during the last week of their rehearsals, and together with Gwennan Mair Jones, brought the work of the companies together with live music, ensemble work and stunning lighting/sound design to celebrate the beautiful work of the theatre's communities.
Women Rediscovered is a series of films, co-commissioned by Theatr Clwyd and the North East Wales Archives, unearthing forgotten stories of extraordinary local women from within the written history hidden in the archives. The films attracted national recognition, and can be viewed on the following links:
Llan Padarn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7owusJVf0VA&t=93s
Gresford - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tge4lXmYPiQ
Sprinkles is a Santa's Grotto Elf, based in between the sex shop and John Lewis. As glamorous as it sounds, she's hungover, skint and on a mission to make it out of Christmas temping alive!
Directed by Eleri B. Jones, written by Katie Elin-Salt, produced by Dirty Protest with support from the Awen Cultural Trust and Arts Council Wales. Themes of an adult nature including themes of baby loss.
Sprinkles took a tour of the South Wales Valleys during Christmas 2021...watch this space!
Once Upon a Christmas (Gwyl Gaeaf)
'Over snow-covered mountains, past frozen lakes, round a warming fire, stories are made…'
Written by Rebecca Wilson, with Design by Jacob Hughes, Sound Design & Composition by Alex Faye Braithwaite and LX Design by Lucy Carter, Gwyl Gaeaf was a socially distanced immersive experience, premiering at Theatr Clwyd in Christmas 2020.
1st AD/Assistant Director
Soon there will be more voice-activated, digital assistants than people. All are female gendered.
Roger needs company and he doesn’t want a dog. When his daughter Erin buys him the latest Isla digital assistant an unexpected relationship between man and technology emerges. But who’s really in control?
A dark comedy from acclaimed writer Tim Price, directed by Tamara Harvey, produced by Theatr Clwyd & Rondo Media, for BBC 4 - airing July 2022.
Going the Distance
March 2020. Theatres across the country go dark. Hundreds of cherished arts centres face the prospect of permanent closure. But that isn’t going to stop the Matchborough Community Theatre… as they fight to save their local venue with the genius idea to put on a fundraising production of Wizard* (*inspired by but for rights purposes certainly not based on The Wizard of Oz).
A brand new comedy about a little theatre with a huge challenge. Written by Henry Filloux-Bennet & Yasmeen Khan, directed by Felicity Montagu, produced by the Laurence Batley Theatre & The Dukes, Lancaster.
(1st AD & Director of Theatre Scenes)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Each of us has heaven and hell in them.
In a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social star never to fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to always remain. But as his mental health starts to decline, as corruption and murderous depravity start to creep into his world, the true and horrific cost of his deal will soon need to be met.
Written by Henry Filloux Bennett based on the novel by Oscar Wilde, directed by Tamara Harvey with a cast including: Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, Black Mirror, Inside No. 9), Alfred Enoch (How To Get Away With Murder), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Emma McDonald, Russell Tovey(Him & Her, The Night Manager) and Stephen Fry (QI,A Bit of Fry & Laurie).
The Importance of Being Earnest
Set among the cobbles and stone walls of the North, in this very modern take on Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, struggling actor Jamil and rom-com star Algy come together in the pursuit of love, being true to yourself and Nando’s.
An Earnest for our times, this hilariously funny digital production is written by Yasmeen Khan (EastEnders) and directed by Mina Anwar (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Doctor Who, Thin Blue Line).
(1st AD & 2nd Unit Director).
Miners stand trial in Mold for attacking their manager after their wages are lowered. A crowd has assembled to hear the verdict – will they get a fair hearing? Stones will be thrown and blood will be shed but will anyone find justice? One of Wales’ forgotten dark days is brought to life in this large-scale promenade show through the streets of Mold with a cast of 100.
Written by Bethan Marlow, directed by Katie Posner (associate director Gethin Evans).