Sherman Theatre has announced casting for Crafangau by Nia Morais, part of its Heart of Cardiff series.
In the magical realist audio theatre experience from first-time playwright Nia, a panther stalks through Fairwater woods and meets local teenager Mason.
Mason’s Grandma has an image of how she wants her granddaughter to look and who she wants her to be. Mason lacks the courage to stand up for herself: that is, until she meets an unexpected creature deep in the woods.
The cast comprises renowned names in the Welsh theatre and television scene. Mali Ann Rees, who has also written audio drama Bratiaith for Heart of Cardiff, will play Mason.
Mali is a bilingual Cardiff born actress, who graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2017. Mali debuted her acting career as Ffion in Severn Screens BBC/S4C bilingual crime drama Hidden/Craith.
She has since toured Penblwydd Poenus Pete with Theatr Iolo, Worlds Apart in War with Theatr Clwyd and Y Cylch Sialc with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. Mali’s most recent TV credits include Merched Parchus on S4C, and Tourist Trap for BBC One. Mali also performed in (Single) Motherhood by Alexandria Riley as part of Sherman Theatre’s lockdown TEN/DEG series.
Playing the part of Mason’s grandmother will be Manon Eames. Having studied English and Drama at Manchester University, Manon has worked extensively across Welsh theatre, TV and film. Recently, Manon played Gwen in Talking to the Dead for Sky Living and appeared in Gwaith Cartref for S4C. On stage, she recently performed as Mam in Wyned Dros Dro for Cwmni 3D as well as Angharad in The Good The Bad and the Welsh for Frapetsus.
Joe Murphy said: “We are thrilled to bring together this cast and crew, to really give voice to Nia’s writing and celebrate the scope and range available to us within Welsh-language drama.
“This piece presents identity, language, and courage. The cast have brought much courage to the realisation of the piece, and we can’t wait for audiences to be able to escape into the magical world Nia has created.
“We hope this audio drama strikes a chord with many a listener, whether they grew up speaking Welsh or have learnt it later in life. We’re proud to be providing a platform for Nia’s debut as a writer, and we have greatly enjoyed working with the cast on a magical realist piece.”
Directing Crafangau will be Jac Ifan Moore, with Assistant Director Yasmin Begum. The Composer and Sound Designer for Crafangau will be Eädyth.
Crafangau will be available to access free from 29 October via Sherman Theatre’s website and heartofcardiff.co.uk.