‘Siwan’ is probably the most well known Welsh language classic.
It explores the relationship between, Siwan, illegitimate daughter
of King John of England, and her husband Llywelyn Fawr, Prince of
North Wales, following her fall from grace when their captive,
William de Braose, is discovered in her bedchamber.
In creating a production of the play I wanted to work with the
fact that these were historical figures who have, partially because
of Sauders Lewis’s play, become mythologised. The stage was bare,
apart from a simple wooden bench: I wanted to strip the characters
of their accoutrements. Then we introduced a vast reflective panel so
that the characters were seen both as they stood, and in reflection.