Casting for Sherman Theatre’s Heart of Cardiff audio theatre experiences has been announced, and welcomes established and emerging actors as well as internationally acclaimed performer and Sherman Theatre Patron Rhys Ifans.
For the next three audio dramas in the theatre series – Bratiaith by Mali Ann Rees, See For Yourself by Claire Boot, Rodney and the Shrieking Sisterhood by Hannah McPake – the full cast has now been named.
Joe Murphy, Artistic Director at Sherman Theatre, said: “We’re so thrilled to be working with this line-up of brilliant actors on the final audio dramas for Heart of Cardiff.
“From international names to emerging artists, we’re delighted to be offering audiences the chance to experience performances from such a fantastic cast of Welsh creatives.
“We hope the audiences and communities who inspired the pieces enjoy these upcoming dramas in our Heart of Cardiff audio series.”
In the powerful, bilingual play Bratiaith by Mali Ann Rees, Carli De’La Hughes will play the lead role of Gwawr. A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Welsh-born actor Carli has appeared on ITV’s Emmerdale, Sky One’s Stella, BBC’s Hinterland and S4C’s Pobol y Cwm among extensive on-screen and theatre roles. She also recently had her original monologue Stumbling Back to Solitude featured as part of Sherman Theatre’s Open Platform: Black History Month.
Returning to the Heart of Cardiff series following her performance in Crafangau by Nia Morais will be Manon Eames, playing Gwawr’s Mam in Bratiaith. Also returning to the series is Patrick Robinson, who will play Gwawr’s father. Bratiaith is writer Mali Ann Rees’ debut play and will be released on Thursday 12 November. The audio drama is directed by Alice Eklund, with assistance from Connor Allen, and Sound Design by Eädyth.
Following Bratiaith, the next audio drama available to stream free will be See For Yourself by Claire Boot coming 19 November. The witty drama which explores the historic relationship between Cardiff and the Valleys welcomes recent RWCMD graduate Yasemin Özdemir to the cast, playing Sian. Yasemin, who recently appeared in monologue What You Thought You’d Do During Lockdown for Sherman Theatre’s EIGHT plays by first-time young playwrights, appeared as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet in the Frantic Assembly / National Youth Theatre Wales production, and as Jane Bennett for the site-specific production of Pride and Prejudice directed by Cameron Mackintosh.
Performing alongside Yasemin in See For Yourself will be Richard Nichols, playing John. Originally from Porthcawl, Richard has performed in numerous radio comedies and dramas for BBC Radio. His recent theatre credits include playing McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for Torch Theatre, and TV highlights include Warren, Dr Who, and Pobol y Cwm. See For Yourself will be directed by Alice Eklund, with assistant director Connor Allen, and Sound Design by Tic Ashfield.
Rodney and the Shrieking Sisterhood by Hannah McPake is the next audio drama in Heart of Cardiff, which will follow the two audio documentaries in the series See You Later, Meunier and Centre Stage: Stories from the LGBTQIA+ Community. Coming 3 December, the gothic tale of a sleuthing, Victorian police dog will be brought to life by Sherman Theatre Patron Rhys Ifans.
Renowned for his performances in hit films such as Twin Town and Notting Hill, Rhys Ifans will perform alongside Bethany Wooding and Oliver Wood in the thrilling audio drama.
Bethany Wooding, who also portrayed Kirsty in Owen Thomas’ audio drama Peerless in the Heart of Cardiff series, is an emerging actor from Cardiff who has previously trained with the National Youth Theatre and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Young Actor’s Studio.
Oliver Wood has previously performed with Sherman Theatre in Shadow of a Boy, Waves in the Chat Room and Papertrail and the Sherman’s A Night in the Clink. He was a series regular in BBC Wales’ High Hopes, as well as The Harri Parri Radio Show. The Director for Rodney and the Shrieking Sisterhood will be Joe Murphy, with assistant director Connor Allen, and Sound Design by Tic Ashfield.
Heart of Cardiff audio theatre experiences are available to listen free by signing up here: heartofcardiff.co.uk