Nawr yr Arwr/Now the Hero is an immersive theatrical experience from artist Marc Rees 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.
Nawr yr Arwr/Now the Hero will be performed across a number of sites around Swansea Bay, including Brangwyn Hall. The Hall houses the astonishing series of paintings by Frank Brangwyn which form the inspiration for the piece. Commissioned by the House of Lords in 1928 to commemorate the First World War, these British Empire Panels were rejected because they were considered ‘too colourful and lively’ for the British parliament, and were instead purchased by Swansea Council.
Visit the Now the Hero website for more details on the performance. Scroll down to hear Marc Rees talking about the project at our season launch.