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Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr

A POWERFUL MEMORIAL
OF
CONFLICT
PROTEST
PROSE & PERFORMANCE

25-29 | 09 | 2018

September

Three soldiers land on a smoke-filled Swansea beach

Three warriors from different ages:
WWl \ Celtic \ Contemporary
Together they run towards refuge

As they sprint over the sand a peace protester bellows from a megaphone the opening lines of an ancient poem

The words resonate still
Tonight they will be sung...

Nawr Yr Awr \ Now The Hero is an immersive theatrical experience that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey through three intertwining narratives of war; from Celtic history, the First World War, and today’s conflicts. 

Drawing on an epic poem, some rejected paintings, and an intimate portrait of a Swansea soldier serving today, Marc Rees’ bold production brings the stories of war to life, but counterpoints the tragic telling with hope.

The astonishing series of paintings by Frank Brangwyn inspired the piece. Commissioned by the House of Lords in 1928 to commemorate WWI, these British Empire Panels were rejected because they were considered ‘too colourful and lively’ for the British parliament, and were purchased by Swansea Council.  Lord Crawford, a conservative politician who favoured neoclassical art, vehemently expressed his opinion in the Daily News describing the panels as ''all tits and bananas!''

This event is part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

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INTRODUCTION

Short summary by Marc Rees

NOW THE
PERFORMANCE

Nawr Yr Arwr/Now The Hero is a multi-artform, site-specific project created by Swansea born interdisciplinary artist Marc Rees for 14-18-NOW. This bold and exciting commemoration of WWI will take place in and around the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea during Harvest, September 2018.

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Image: Hywel Harris

NOW FOR
MORE

Now For More is an opportunity to enjoy Now the Hero's theme over a festival weekend. Swansea is a diverse city, packed with heritage, culture and creativity. Its cultural melting pot of museums, galleries, parks and theatres will interpret, in their own way, the impact of war and conflict on human relationships, through special events, exhibitions, artists’ talks, family activities and trails, public art, workshops and performances.

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