Keep up to date with our upcoming shows. After a successful first year, bringing our shows to over 13 venues across Wales, we’re heading to Cornwall! Join us as we embark on the journey that Cadoc made himself.
Cadoc And The Drowned Boys (2019)
Cadoc and the Drowned Boys is a play written by award-winning playwright and director Vic Mills, inspired by the research and poetry of his brother, Professor Kevin Mills, and explores the life of the 5th century Abbot.
This exciting new piece of theatre retells the ancient tale of two young men who drowned in the sea between Barry and Flat Holm; reimagined as the focus of a project by three modern-day drama students. As their roles merge with those of the ancient characters, questions of faith, intolerance, morality and identity are explored.
The characters, played by a cast of three professional actors – Matthew Curran, Jemima Nicholas and Gareth Price-Stephens – help uncover a darker story than they could have imagined; of abuse, misogyny and obsession.
Explaining the reasons for co-writing the play, Prof Kevin Mills said: “Place names have interested me since childhood, and a few years ago I started to notice that South East Wales has many churches dedicated to Cadoc / Catwg, and several villages are also named after him.
“His influence on the post-Roman shaping of Wales must have been very significant for the traces of it to survive into the present, and once I began researching the subject, I found that the stories about him were a rich blend of pagan Celtic mythology – a longstanding interest of mine – and Christian traditions.”
The play’s Director, Vic Mills, added: “Churches are incredibly theatrical spaces, and what goes on in them is theatrical, so they lend themselves to drama. It has been challenging to adapt our work to different performance spaces, as some of them are very small, but we’re excited to see the audience reaction.”