NTW, with Migrations, is looking for an ensemble of five adult performers to join the company for The Gathering / Yr Helfa in Snowdonia this Autumn


Created by Louise Ann- Wilson and written by Gillian Clarke, The Gathering / Yr Helfa is a powerful exploration of the annual cycle of sheep-farming and is the culmination of three years’ observation of life at Hafod Y Llan, a working hill farm on Snowdon.

All performers should be fit, strong, and happy in the landscape. They should be able to walk, willing to climb (safely) up a rock, wade in the river, lift things such as bales of wool; and be willing to get into a wool-sac. The ensemble may read poetry and sing (including in Welsh), move and dance and interact directly with audience.


The company will rehearse on site at Hafod Y Llan, near Beddgelert, Snowdonia from Tuesday 26th August until Monday 15th September, including the performances on the 12th, 13th and 14th of September. These roles will be paid at NTW’s standard rates.

The rehearsal process will be inside and out in all weathers.


The ensemble is directly inspired by a photo taken on the farm in 1947. 

Breakdown of performers:

Woman 1 – in the centre of the photo.

Playing age: Early to mid thirties.
Wife of Man 2 and mother of the 2 year old child next to her.


Man 1 – To the left of the woman.

Playing age:  Mid thirties. He is a neighbor come to help on farm.


Man 2 – To the right of the woman.
Playing age: Early to mid thirties. Husband of Woman 1.


Man 3 – on the right next to the hay cart.

Playing age: Early sixties.
The father of Man 2 and the grandfather of the children.


Boy 1 – standing behind a bit further back to right of the woman.

A young actor of 18+ who is able to play 13 – 14 years old.


Casting will take place on the 14th and 15th July 2014.


As per the National Theatre Wales casting policy, this opportunity is for performers who are Welsh, Wales based or who trained in Wales.


If you would like to be considered for this production please send your headshot and CV, telling us a bit about yourself, where you are from and where you are based to out Casting Director, Sam Jones at casting@nationaltheatrewales.org


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Comment by Megan Merrett on July 8, 2014 at 10:39

How tall are these people?

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