Caernarfon-based Theatr Bara Caws is behind the revival of a classic comedy series from the 1970s and 80s, currently touring Wales.
Local theatre group Theatr Bara Caws have been touring Raslas Bach a Mawr! since 18 November, which saw the popular classic slapstick comedy show brought up to date after a break of 27 years.
The show, which originally aired on BBC Wales in the 1970s before moving to S4C in 1982, has been described as “Wales’ answer to Laurel and Hardy”. Originally starring Wynford Ellis Owen and Mici Plwm, the modern version stars Llŷr Evans as Syr Wynff ap Concord y Bos and Iwan Charles as Plwmsan y Twmffat Twp.
After the show ended in 1989, over 15,000 people signed a petition asking for its return. At its peak it was one of Wales’ most popular television shows, so its return (albeit to stage instead of screen) will be welcomed by those who remember it fondly.
Raslas Bach a Mawr! has just finished a short stint at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The tour continues in Cardiff and South Wales for a few weeks, before returning north to Pontio, Bangor, for three days in mid-December.
But the tour launched in Theatr Bara Caws’ home town of Caernarfon, at Galeri, where it was well-received during its four-day stint which began on 18 November.
Galeri, which opened in 2005, is a social enterprise which holds over 450 events each year, selling some 50-70,000 tickets annually.
Employing over 50 staff, Galeri is among just 6% of businesses in Gwynedd with more than 25 employees – meaning its contribution to the local economy is in excess of £2 for every £1 spent there. An independent study in 2010 found that Galeri contributed nearly £2.5m per year to Gwynedd and Anglesey’s economies.
Galeri is more than an arts centre; the building provides office space to other local companies too. There are twelve in residence at the moment, which between them employ more than 80 people.
The building is also home to Sbarc, an arts project for children and young people which provides drama lessons as well as ‘rock school’ tuition, including drums, bass, electric guitar and vocals.
Galeri is set to provide even more excitement for the local area from 2018. Early 2017 sees the beginning of a construction project to extend Galeri to house a two-screen cinema which will show movies as they are released. This is expected to open in 2018.
Bara Caws, a community theatre company which has been operating for almost 40 years, stages at least three productions a year. The recipient of several Theatre Awards, Bara Caws is a registered charity which is funded primarily through grants from Arts Council Wales and Gwynedd, Môn and Conwy Councils.
For more information about Raslas Bach a Mawr! visit theatrbaracaws.com.