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‘It was whispered in places untouched by the signals of satellites, that if snow fell on daffodils, the bwgan would walk again.’
A street sign in Mochdre on a mysterious lane was the catalyst for a story, a modern ghost tale of the Bwgan, a Bogey man, who lurks not in remote country lanes but on the internet ready to pounce. Ready to expose our secrets, fears and hopes using the information we have fed it.
Thanks to funding from the Arts Council Wales and support from Theatr Clwyd we explored this idea in a week long R&D. During the week we workshopped ideas with Ysgol Creuddyn to explore how young people communicate with each other on line and how the Welsh language is used in text form. We spoke to local residence about ghost stories of the area and how they felt about social media, how they used it. Throughout this week our writer Matthew Bulgo, director, actors and digital creative worked to shape the first scenes of the play. Playing with the bi-lingual nature of North Wales to create a script which moved seamlessly between the two languages, mixing digital content with live action culminating in a thirty minute performance on day five.