‘The Lady Speaks in Welsh’ Henry IV Part 1.
The Welsh Lady exists only in stage directions…but what if she had her own voice? What would she say?
‘The Welsh Ladies’ is a bilingual episodic gig-theatre show intertwining poetry and music to represent a linguistic map of the Womxn of Wales, with a reclamation upon their sense of Womxnhood, Welshness, Sexuality and Identity. It is a conversation across the centuries, with an exploration into the blending of music genres like Welsh folk with Lo-Fi beats. Featuring the voices of over 100 Welsh Womxn from historical poet Gwerful Mechain who wrote an ode to her c**t to a celebration of Betty Campbell the first Black headteacher in Wales as well as verbatim voice-notes from contemporary Welsh Womxn about vibrators and Tom Jones…this is not one to miss!
Purple String Productions are an emerging gig-theatre company who blend poetry, physical theatre and live music based in London and Cardiff. We champion the voices of the unheard and specifically in this show, Working-Class Welsh Womxn. Our first show, 'Unicorns are Red' was performed at The Barnfield Theatre in Exeter to a sell-out audience, raising money for St Pedrocks homeless charity. Purple String Productions is led by Grace O'Brien, a Working-Class, Neuro-Diverse, Queer creator with credits including BBC, Sky 1 and S4C.
Press & Reviews
'A fun and authentic take on Welshness, womanhood and all the messy areas in between.' - Alice Yarr (Creative Development Producer, National Theatre Wales)
'Beautiful to see underrepresented welsh voices. There’s definitely lots to come with this stunning production!' - Devon James Bowen (Audience Member)
'Engaging, funny and spoken from the heart (or a little lower down). Definitely have a new found interest in medieval Welsh poetry...' - Jodyanne Fletcher Richardson (Audience Member)
Cast & Creative Team Writer / Actor: GRACE O'BRIEN
Movement Director / Actor: REBECCA WILSON
Actor-Musician - JENNA DYCKHOFF
Actor-Musician - GEMMA GOULBOURN
Actor-Musician - ERIN ENFYS
Actor-Musician - ALYS MORGAN PEARCE
Actor-Musician - DONNA GRIFFITHS
With Producing support from RACHEL THOMAS