BANGOR-based theatre company Frân Wen's latest play is halfway through its tour of Wales.

And according to the company, the play is a symbol of their commitment to making the Welsh drama world an inclusive and accessible one.

Imrie” by Frân Wen will visit Bangor on June 7-8, and Rebecca Wilson, who received her secondary education at Bangor, plays one of the main characters.


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Gethin Evans directed this story for young adults about hope and courage, which emerged from one of the company's ambitious programs which aims to extend the boundaries of Welsh theatre.

In the play, Josie is lost in a world where she does not belong, and wishes that she was happier and more normal.

But one day, she discovers a magical underwater party, better than anything in the “real world”; this is where she truly finds herself.

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The concept for Imrie was developed during Frân Wen’s artist development program with the support of the National Eisteddfod of Wales and Literature Wales.

According to Nia Morais, the playwright: "Whilst taking part in Frân Wen’s new writers programme with Frân Wen, I decided to see how the story would work as a play.

“I worked alongside Emmy Stonelake as director, and Mari Elen Jones and Mali O'Donnell played the parts of Laura and Josie.

"I had a glimpse into the world of theatre and I learned a lot about all the different ways to write for the stage. Having the opportunity was an incredible education and experience.

"It was a great experience, so I made a pitch to Sherman to turn it into a full play, and I'm really grateful that Sherman and Frân Wen were happy to work with me to do it.

"I've experienced a lot of what Josie and Laura go through in the play - Josie discovering her lesbian identity, and Laura experiencing racism at school and having to deal with loneliness.

“Both represent aspects of my personality that I can't separate from each other."

According to director, Gethin Evans: "Nia gives a fresh, new and cool voice to the experiences of young people today.

“It's a wonderful story that brings a completely new tone to Welsh theatre."