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National Theatre Wales
27 June - 11 July 2015


National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in association with S4C
Creator & Director Marc Rees
​Royal Opera House Stores, Abercwmboi, Aberdare


Wales' two national theatre companies - National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru - team up for the very first time, with one of the country's leading artists, Marc Rees, and broadcaster S4C to create ​a visual and storytelling feast.

Performed in English, Welsh and Spanish, {150} will bring to life key moments in the story of the 150 Welsh men, women and children who settled in Patagonia in 1865, and the lives of their descendants today.

This multi-platform production, combining live performance in Wales with a specially commissioned film from Patagonia, will be staged in the Royal Opera House stores near Aberdare - a vast building not normally open to the public, close to the homes of many of the original settlers.

Age guidance: 12+

All performances will be captioned in English and Welsh
Audio description: Sat 11 July (in English and Welsh)
Saturday 11 July, 1pm: English language Audio Description
Saturday 11 July, 7pm: English and Welsh language Audio Description

Ticket Prices
£16.50 (£17.50)/ £14 conc (£15)
£10 schools
Previews: £15.00 (£16) /£12.50 (13.50)

Wales Arts International Celfyddydau Rhyngwladol Cymru


Disabled Access
Audio Description



What to expect

Please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with this vital production information that will ensure your experience with us is comfortable and enjoyable.

The address for the Royal Opera House stores is: Aberaman Ind Park, Aberaman, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF44 6DA
There are yellow AA signs guiding you to the venue from Aberdare itself, but please be aware that as this is not a conventional theatre venue, we do advise planning your journey before hand.

Please ensure you plan your journey to the venue, and allow yourself plenty of time for the journey. AA Route Planner is a useful tool for directions - click here

We have provided travel information below, however we advise only using Sat Nav systems as a guide, and using the yellow AA signs closer to the venue to guide you in.

If you are going to be late, or are lost, please contact us on site on 07852673160 - Latecomers cannot be admitted after 7.10pm.

There will be tickets available for purchase on the Box Office at every performance (subject to availability). Please note we can only accept cash payment for all on-site purchases.

If you have any questions or require further information ahead of the performance, please contact Rhian Lewis on / 029 2035 3091.

We look forward to welcoming you to Aberdare - see you there!

Discover the story of {150} at

Or get involved in the conversation on Twitter: #150patagonia

{150} will be performed at the Royal Opera House Stores. The full address for the venue is: Aberaman Ind Park, Aberaman, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF44 6DA

The show will start at 1.00pm (matinee) / 7.00pm (evening performance) prompt. The site will be open from 12midday (matinee) / 6pm (evening), and we advise arriving at the box office at least 15 minutes before the show begins.

Latecomers cannot be admitted after the show has begun, so please ensure you arrive in plenty of time.

The show’s running time is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, with no interval.

There will be accessible toilet facilities on site.

{150} is a promenade-style production, so please note you will be going on a journey on foot around the space. Some sections are seated, and chairs will be made available throughout for those who require them.

Although the show is predominantly performed indoors, there will be a section at the beginning performed outside, so please wear appropriate clothing for the weather.

As there are no refreshments available for purchase on site, please bring bottled water and any snacks with you. We want to protect the environment we’re in, so please take all litter away with you as you leave.


Please note that the show (including its audience members) will be filmed, recorded and photographed by National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru for our own purposes. By attending {150} you shall be deemed to have given all necessary consents to National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru for documenting your attendance at {150} and to the use of such documentation in all media worldwide without limitation.

The show is performed in English, Welsh and Spanish, but will be fully accessible no matter which or how many of those languages you understand.

Please note, the production is not suitable for children under 2 years of age, due to the nature of the production and loud noises. Management reserve the right to refuse entry to small children or babies into the performance. Also, we’re sorry but dogs are not allowed on the site (apart from Guide Dogs).


The nearest train station is Cwmbach, and is roughly 15mins’ walk from the venue. This walk will be clearly signposted from the train station. You can check train times here


There will be AA signs pointing audiences towards the venue as you draw closer. There will also be free parking nearby, again signposted as you approach the venue. There is free disabled parking available close to the entrance which will be clearly signposted.


The site is fully accessible to wheelchair users and is completely step-free. Despite the promenade nature of the show, there will be seating available throughout.

{150} is suitable for audiences aged 12+

All performances will be captioned in English and Welsh

Sibrwd will be used at every performance to caption {150}. Please read on for more information on the app and how to use it.

We will have a limited amount of devices available for use on site on a first-come, first serve basis.

Please contact Rhian Lewis ( or Lowri Johnston ( if you have any questions about Sibrwd before you attend the show.

Sibrwd - How to

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru & Galactig

Sibrwd is a handy app that allows you to follow the action as it happens, on your device via rolling text

Instructions on how to use Sibrwd

Download the app before you get to the venue on your smartphone – available on IOS or Android

When you arrive at the venue, switch your phone to ‘Airplane mode’ and then turn on ‘Wifi’.  This means you won’t get any phone calls disrupting your enjoyment.

You then need to connect to our wifi network for the performance which is called Sibrwd.

Connected to Sibrwd and ready to go! On the main menu screen, tap on the performance button. The screen text will automatically start when the play begins.

There will be an audio-described performance on Saturday 11 July, in both English and Welsh.

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Rhian Lewis (Communications Officer)


Gareth Aled

Rosalind Hâf Brooks

Dafydd Emyr

Angharad Harrop

Billy Hughes

Eddie Ladd

Beth Powlesland

Caroline Sabin

Lara Ward

Fernando Williams

Adran Bro Taf

Gavin Ashcroft
Eirlys Britton
Nerys Griffiths
Cliff Jones

Ewan Aitchison-Hough

Gethin Taf Boore

Bedwyr Bowen

Charly Ann Brookman

Michael Brown

Mali Bryant

Aneurin Codd

Gwenno Angharad Day

Aneurin Dixon

Aine Edwards

Elin Edwards

Gruff Edwards

Rhys Edwards

Sion Elfyn

Efan Fairclough

Mabli John

Ella Jones

Daniel Calen Jones

Llew Jones

Marged Jones

Steffan Huw Long

Josh Morgan

Rhys Morris

Cadi Nash

Efa Prydderch

Mai Prydderch

Mali Prydderch

Beca Haf Rees

Brengain Rhys

Dewi Richards

Branwen Roberts

Gruff Ifan Roberts

Manon Fflur Rhys Roberts

Dafydd Sandell

Tomos Stokes

Daniel Williams

Elwyn Sion Williams

Ioan Wyn Williams

Rhodri Ashton Williams


Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun

Rhian Staples

Rowan Adams

Edward Crowson

Mali Davies

Ffion Driscoll

Jacob Francombe

Iwan Gardner

Iwan James

Dafydd Jones

Dylan Jones

Nel Hefin Lean

Evie Louise

Thomas Madge

Gabe Oakley

Evan Palmer

Molly Palmer

Thomas Price

Darrah Jones Reddy

Angharad Roberts

Charlotte Rood

Megan Terry

Chloe Thomos

Darya Williams

Hannah Williams

Seren Williams

Creative Team

Marc Rees
Creator and Director 

Siân Thomas
Creative Producer

Fernando Williams
Social Historian

John Hardy Music

Nick Mumford
Lighting Designer

Mike Beer
Sound Designer

Simon Clode

Ethan Forde
Video Designer

Angharad Matthews
Costume Designer 

Cordelia Ashwell
Associate Designer

Llinos Mai
Associate Director

Angharad Harrop

Eddie Ladd
Dance Artist

Jac Ifan Moore
Emerging Director

Alan Goulbourne

Includes extracts from Patagonia by Mike Pearson

Production Team

Nicola Ireland
Company Stage Manager 

Matt G Jones
Deputy Stage Manager 

Shaun Gwizdak       
Technical ASM

Deryn Tudor  
Costume Technician 

Clementine Greeley
Costume Assistant and Maker

April Dalton

Kelly Bannister
Scenic Painter

Jill Salen
Costume Maker

Rhydian Jones        
Crew Chief

Tomi Hargreaves, Lewis Jones. Sam Jones
Sound Technician

Dan Trenchard 
Video Supervisor

Alex Russell, Ben Stimpson
Lighting Technician 

Lee Bufton, Paul Evans, Rhydian Pask, Daniel Rhys Walls
Stage Technicians

Elizabeth Campbell, Rhodri Davies, Ana Mari & Mark Douet, Andrew Morris, Jon Pountney 

Liam James, Dave Blakemore
Fit-up Crew

Sam Jones C.D.G
Casting Director

Lucy Taylor
Casting Assistant

The Corner Shop
PR & Press

Natasha Bigford
Mohammed Yousef 
Stage Management Placements

Auriel Martin
Front Of House Manager

Rhian Pound
Box Office Manager

Catrin Clarke, Roisin Anwen, Iwan Davies, Steffan Gwyn, Annie Starr Wilding


“My friend, the travel writer Chris Moss, describes Patagonia as ‘the ultimate landscape of the imagination’. I doubt that the original Welsh settlers who disembarked from the Mimosa 150 years ago had ever imagined their new home to be such a desolate and hostile place. The land of milk and honey it certainly was not - it took them four months just to get off the beach!

Against all the odds, however, and through a vital bond with the local indigenous Tehuelche people, they survived and eventually created what Mike Pearson calls a ‘garden of Welshness in the wilderness’. (150) will take its audience on a journey conveying the mapping and mythology of the colony, and will offer a unique portrait of the people living there today; descendants of those first pioneers, who have forged a new identity 8,000 miles away from their forefathers’ 'hen wlad' (old country).”

Marc Rees

Artist Marc Rees created For Mountain, Sand & Sea for NTW’s first year, and Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited in 2014, as part of the Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations.




a very interesting, very intelligent production

impressive in its scope and sheer imaginative reach

There are moments of absolute wow-ness



an astonishing work of cultural memory

This is installation theatre at its best

Savage and beautiful, this is National Theatre Wales as a true national theatre