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Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero blends three periods of war: Celtic - represented by the epic War poem ‘Y Gododdin'; WWI - represented by Brangwyn’s British Empire Panels; and, the Contemporary - represented by a serving soldier from Swansea who provides the narrative arc for the performance.

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Short summary by Marc Rees

Audiences will be able to enjoy:

  • Interventions on Swansea beach and the streets around the Guildhall
  • Performances and installations within the Brangwyn and Guildhall
  • A Harvest supper 

Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero extends Marc Rees’ creative exploration and practice in site-responsive theatre with a musical element forming the project's core.

It will take the form of an immersive requiem realised from an original collaboration by  Oscar nominated, Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson  (‘The Theory of Everything’, ‘Sicario’ and ‘Arrival’) with nascent composer Owen Morgan Roberts and composed by Owen Morgan Roberts.

The libretto will be written by BAFTA winning writer Owen Sheers (‘Mametz’, 'The Passion', ‘Aberfan: The Green Hollow’)) and sung by PolyphonyStephen Layton’s, world famous, Grammy winning choir.

As with much of Rees' work, the experience will be a promenade, where the audience will be guided by the show’s main protagonist - The Peace Protester, played by the Welsh performer and frequent Rees collaborator, Eddie Ladd.  

The Peace Protester provides a crucial counter-narrative to the contemporary soldier's tale.

Who is the real Hero of this story? Come find out for yourself.


Peace Protester/Eddie Ladd - Image : Hywel Harris


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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