Glantawe Theatre Company were founded in 1972 when our current President, Winston Jenkins, gathered a group of friends together to enter a play in the British Drama League Competition. They won the County and Welsh rounds with “Rise and Shine” and went on to represent Wales in Malvern at the British Finals.
Since then the Company have continued to thrive, staging up to four productions annually. Over the years, we have encouraged many local performers, young and old, to take to the stage and get involved in productions. Some of these have gone on to work internationally on Stage and Screen, including Eve Myles, Francesca Jackson, Aled Herbert and Richard Corgan. More recently, we have achieved success with Lowri Evans representing The Drama Association of Wales at the Hronov Festival in 2005, Lee Bentley winning Best Comedy Actor and our Juniors winning the Adjudicator Award in the Glamorgan Drama League One Act Festival in 2016. We have also received award nominations and recognition for many productions from both NODA and The Drama Association of Wales.
We are very fortunate with the fantastic support we receive from the public of Ystradgynlais and the surrounding areas with our annual Pantomime selling out regularly. The company are very lucky to have members who are talented with our last 7 Pantomimes being written by Aled Hopton, the highly praised special effects created by our amazing technical team and of course the many cast and chorus who dazzle on stage. We have also have had a number of plays written specifically for the us by company members including Those Damn Joneses and Sex Shop Trilogy by Winston Jenkins, Respect and 1985 written by Anthony Evans and Street of Dreams and The Water is Wide by Ray Mullan. Our next evening of One Act Plays includes a play, Both Sides the Same, written by Russell Rees for our Junior members.
With our members ranging from 6 years of age to over 70, we look forward to being the only local, community based Theatre Company in the Upper Swansea Valley.