A NEW show coming to Pontio in Bangor on June 22, 23 and 24 tells a story that hasn’t received sufficient attention in the past.

Some of Snowdnia’s early mountain guides, entrepreneurial farmers, innkeepers and quarrymen saw an opportunity to earn extra pennies by sharing their knowledge, leading botanists, artists and others along its rugged slopes.

The unique show, “Creigiau Geirwon” (with BSL and English subtitles) combines drama, live music and vertical dance to celebrate Snowdonia’s rich history.

Actors Iwan Charles, Llŷr Evans and Manon Wilkinson use humour and drama to guide you through the history of the mountain guides, introducing several characters on the journey.

They’re accompanied by live music from Casi Wyn and Patrick Rimes.

The show also includes vertical dance and rope-work by the actors, supported by dancers from Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence.

The element of vertical dance is ideal for conveying traversing Eryri’s craggy slopes and the challenges posed by the mountains. 

The actor, Wyn Bowen Harries, is the driving force behind the production. He has written, produced and directed the show, with choreography by Kate Lawrence.

Wyn said: “This is an aspect of our history which is new to most of us.

“We may be aware that artists flocked to Wales for our romantic rugged landscapes in the 18th century, or that early botanists came to search for, identify and collect new plants, but they relied on local knowledge to achieve this.

“Many local people were good botanists, they could identify plants and knew where they grew.

“The show presents parts of their story, and there’s a contemporary theme running through the whole.

“With climate change, and the threat to wild plants, this historical information is valuable to us today.”

This is Cwmni Pendraw’s third production.

The theatre company specialises in presenting history and climate change themes in unique and compelling productions.   

This production is sponsored by the Wales Arts Council, Snowdonia National Park, Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd and the Carneddau Landscape Partnership.