Welsh Mythology and Language feature in Hartlepool Waterfront Festival
Sunday 21 July 2019
Location: The Waterfront, The Highlight, TS24 0YA
Entry: pay what you decide.
Brân the Blessed (Welsh: Bendigeidfran) is one of the finest stories in The Mabinogi; a collection of tales captured in two medieval Welsh manuscripts. Join Small World Theatre at Hartlepool’s two-day festival to relive this epic tale on Sunday 21 July. The Welsh theatre company based in Ceredigion, skilfully adapts the ancient oral story into a spectacular performance with giant tricycles, a 25-foot tall puppet, a boat and a local choir.
Hartlepool Waterfront Festival is a rapidly growing UK festival benefiting communities in the North East of England. Its aim is to reimagine old stories and create new experiences. The organisers invited Small World Theatre to the festival to recount the tale of the giant king of Britain who walked to Ireland to defend his sister, Branwen, when he heard she was being mistreated. During a terrible battle, Brân lost his head and his armies carried it home to be buried at a spot that is now occupied by The Tower of London.
Hartlepool Borough Council has worked with artist Luca Rutherford to develop a narrative around ‘Harbour of Refuge’ drawing on themes of refuge, home, belonging and togetherness. Small World Theatre recounts the Celtic tale of myth, magic and dynastic politics to emphasise the transformative power of arts and culture at Hartlepool’s giant welcome party. Brân was a benevolent king and an admired leader famous for saying
“There is no leader who is not a bridge”
This performance is testimony to the mythic past resonating with contemporary themes in politics and a nation’s well-being.