Buddug James Jones of Blaengwyddon Fawr, Newcastle Emlyn, never expected her autobiographical show ‘Hiraeth’ (co-created with Jesse Briton and Max Mackintosh) to have the success it has received over the last year, let alone have a chance of a life time to tour her story across New Zealand for two months this Autumn.
‘Hiraeth’ is the story of Buddug’s life- she was the heir to her family’s three hundred year old farming dynasty, but, like many other young farmers, didn’t want to take on the farm. Leaving four generations of tradition behind, she sets out alone into the big smoke. All wrapped up in an hour and ten minutes of theatre, hilarity, tears, live music, her mother’s Welsh cakes and some evenings also finish with a ‘twmpath’ (a Welsh Ceilidh). The show is performed by Buddug, David Grubb and Max Mackintosh.
The show is a personal reflection on a wider contemporary issue currently affecting the UK's agricultural communities; as younger generations leave behind rural life for more secure urban futures, they worry about the impact that this has on the people and places they leave behind. These issues are becoming increasingly relevant in New Zealand, and whilst performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 various representatives from festivals in New Zealand came to watch the show (they enjoyed it). As a result we have been invited by them (and the British Council) to tour New Zealand this Autumn (or their Spring!).
Christchurch Arts Festival - 19th to 20th September 2015
Wanaka, presented by Festival of Colour - 25th and 26th September 2015
Wellington, BATs Theatre - 29th September to the 3rd October 2015
New Plymouth, TSB Showplace - 14th October 2015
Wairarapa, Kokomai Festival - 16th to the 18th October 2015
Nelson Festival - 21st and 22nd October 2015
Tauranga Arts Festival - 29th to the 31st October 2015
Auckland, Basement Theatre - 3rd to the 7th November 2015
Under the guise of the Buddug James Jones Collective, we are very excited to be taking a little bit of Wales over there and we hope to bring a bit of New Zealand back through the cultural experiences we have and the people we will meet.
We've secured support from the lovely people at British Council New Zealand, IdeasTap, National Theatre Wales TEAM and Wales Arts International. The lovely festivals and venues we are performing at are giving us fees for our performances and are kindly covering our accommodation whilst we are with them but we still need to raise a little more to help us pay for our accommodation and per diems (money for food) in between dates.
Here are some of the reviews we have had for the show . . .
The Telegraph, 4 stars: “it’s a real charmer”
Scotsman, 4 stars: “Hiraeth, for all its pretence at amateurism, is rather cleverer than it looks.”
Evening Standard, 4 stars: “undoubtedly this year’s find”
The Guardian, Lyn Gardner: “it's a show of real charm on a universal theme that explores the things that hold us together but sometimes also tear us apart.”
Time Out, 4 stars: “Sweetly hilarious lo-fi comedy”
Please help us get to New Zealand. Diolch yn fawr iawn!
Risks and challenges
This tour is happening. We have lots of bookings from festivals and venues in New Zealand plus we've bought our plane tickets, so there is nooooooooo going back!
The risk is that without raising this extra money we won't be able to pay the members of our company fairly as we'll have to use these funds to cover costs instead. As a young company who don't receive regular funding this is the risk we run with all the work we create. Everyone in the company loves what they do but this shouldn't be an excuse to not pay them properly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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