Sherman Theatre and Theatre Uncut have announced the exciting cast for their upcoming co-production The Merthyr Stigmatist (27 May – 12 June) written by Wales-based playwright Lisa Parry.
Originally scheduled as part of Sherman Theatre’s Autumn 2020 season, The Merthyr Stigmatist is now taking the form of a fully-staged digital production recorded in the Sherman Theatre Studio, and will be available to watch online and on demand in May.
Following an open call out, Merthyr Tydfil born and raised actor Bethan McLean makes her professional debut in the role of Carys, a sixteen year-old school pupil who claims to have received the wounds of Christ.
The cast for this two-hander is completed by fellow Welsh actress Bethan Mary-James in the role of school teacher Siân. Bethan recently appeared in the digital production of Antigone by the Sherman’s Company in Residence PowderHouse, which formed part of Network Play Readings series with Sherman Theatre and National Theatre Wales in partnership with BBC Wales and BBC Arts. Other theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Tobacco Factory Theatres and Future For Beginners at Wales Millennium Centre. Bethan’s TV credits include Channel 4’s comedy Friday Night Dinner.
The previously announced creative team include Director Emma Callander, Theatre Uncut’s Co-Artistic Director, Designer Elin Steele (Woof, Sherman Theatre, Llyfr Glas Nebo, Frân Wen), Composer Eädyth, who recently collaborated on Sherman Theatre’s Heart of Cardiff audio season, Sound Designer Ian Barnard (Alice in Wonderland, Sherman Theatre) and Lighting Designer Andy Pike (Lose Yourself, Sherman Theatre). Joining this superb team of creatives will be Assistant Director Carli De'La Hughes, this development opportunity is supported by Ashley Family Foundation.
Taking place in a Merthyr Tydfil classroom, Parry’s exhilarating new play sees faith, reason and politics collide when Carys, a sixteen year-old school pupil claims to have received the wounds of Christ. Carys is convinced that her wounds are a sign from God and is crying out to be heard. Siân, Carys’s teacher is not so sure. Filled with doubt, Siân believes silencing Carys will keep her safe, but can she make sense of what is happening to her young pupil?
Emma Callander said “I am delighted to have the incredible fresh talent Bethan McLean from Merthyr Tydfil and the brilliant Bethan Mary James to bring this brave and urgent story to life on stage.”