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Branwen: Dadeni

Epic Welsh language musical

A shattered kingdom. A corrupt monarchy. A new generation desperate for change.

Branwen: Dadeni is an epic Welsh language musical which brings one of our most well-known legends into the contemporary world.

After a bloody civil war, the Llŷr family controls Cedyrn. Branwen, the charismatic young princess who has won the people’s hearts, is eager to move her country forward, but her brother, the king, won’t listen.

During an unexpected visit by the King of Ireland, she sees her opportunity: escape to a progressive and prosperous country where her voice will count and she’ll have the power to change things. But, as her star rises, every bargain, betrayal and body leads her deeper into the darkness, until, on the brink of ruin, the price becomes clear.

What would you sacrifice to create a just world?

A new musical by Wales Millennium Centre and Frân Wen which reimagines the iconic story, with Gethin Evans directing an outstanding cast of performers and musicians.

Book by Hanna Jarman, Elgan Rhys and Seiriol Davies; lyrics and music by Seiriol Davies.

Age guidance: 13+

Supported by funding from the Arts Council of Wales through the National Lottery.

8-11 Nov 2023Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
15-17 Nov 2023Aberystwyth Arts Centre
22-25 Nov 2023Pontio, Bangor

Downloadable resources

English Synopsis Branwen: Dadeni (PDF)

pdf, 857.55 KB

Download English Synopsis / Lawrlwythwch Crynodeb Saesneg

Audio Description Synopsis in Welsh (MP3)

audio, 13.755 MB

Disgrifio'r stori, set, cymeriadau, a gwisgoedd. / Describes the story, set, characters, and costumes.

Cast: Mared Williams, Caitlin Drake, Rithvik Andugula, Tomos Eames, Ioan Hefin, Gillian Elisa, Mali Grooms, Tegwen Velios

Octet: Lisa Angharad, Huw Euron, Steffan Hughes, Miriam Isaac, Elan Meirion, Niamh Moulton, Cedron Sion, Adam Vaughan

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Age guidance



All performances captioned in Welsh and English.

Explanatory audio available to download before your visit to the theatre. The synopsis describes the story, set, characters, and costumes.

Download MP3

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Essential to book in advance through the theatre box office.

11 November - Wales Millennium Centre, Caerdydd
17 November - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
25 November - Pontio, Bangor

English Synopsis for new Welsh speakers and non-Welsh speakers

Creative Team

Book: Hanna Jarman, Elgan Rhys and Seiriol Davies

Music and lyrics: Seiriol Davies

Director: Gethin Evans

Musical Director: Geraint Owen

Set & Costume Designer: Elin Steele

Lighting Designer: Bretta Gerecke

Sound Designer: Sebastian Frost

Movement Directors: Nia Lynn and Owain Gwynn

Orchestrator: Owain Roberts

Casting Director: Hannah Marie Williams / HMW Casting

Producer: Branwen Jones

Production photos: Craig Fuller

Content Warnings

This production contains references to:

  • abuse, animal cruelty, depression, grief, manipulation, sexual assault

This production depicts:

  • blood, death, incarceration and kidnapping, pregnancy, sexual intimacy, violence against a child, war
  • loud music, flashing lights, strobe, haze and smoke effects