Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Photos: Inside the Live Finale of GALWAD

The story culminated in a four-and-a-half-hour broadcast on Sky Arts (Freeview Channel 11) from 4.30pm – 9pm on Sunday 2 October.

Photos have been released from the live finale of GALWAD - a story told in real-time over seven days that offered a glimpse into the future and asked what would happen if the future tried to contact us.

On Sunday 2 October in Blaenau Ffestiniog GALWAD - a story which had unfolded over seven days concluded in a major live event set against the dramatic landscape of Blaenau Ffestiniog in Snowdonia.

The performance, which began with a rally of young people from Blaenau and rousing speech from the lead character - Efa, led onto a procession to the Llyn ffridd y bwlch lake where a spectacular event unfolded with score by Dyfan Jones, choreography by Anthony Matsena and special effects by Ronan Devlin. For those viewing live on Sky Arts, the signature 'immersive single-shot' filmmaking of the week rooted the remote viewer right in the middle of the action.

GALWAD, commissioned by Creative Wales as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, brought together a 250-strong team of Wales' boldest creative talent to tell a story through live streaming and live broadcast from Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Throughout the week audiences followed the story online and on Sky Arts as it moved between Wales today and thirty years into the future.

Over the last week the story has unfolded in real-time on digital and broadcast platforms, blending live performance and storytelling across social platforms, forming a new kind of cultural event.

The story culminated in a four-and-a-half-hour broadcast on Sky Arts (Freeview Channel 11) from 4.30pm - 9pm on Sunday 2 October which gave people the chance to catch-up on the week's events in Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Ffestiniog before the final 90-minute finale live broadcast from Blaenau Ffestiniog followed by a 60-minute drama set in Wales in 2052. Audiences can catch up on the full story by visiting https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2200564®id=57&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.galwad.cymru?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1

This week, launching on Monday 3 October, over 130 Welsh schools will participate in GALWAD's schools programme, in partnership with Eco-schools. The programme takes students on a journey to imagine the future they want to build. Live lessons and activities will inspire pupils to explore what the future means for their schools, communities, and their lives. More information on GALWAD's A Week in the Future schools programme can be found at https://www.galwad.info/schools.

GALWAD began with a 'world-building' process led by Alex McDowell (Minority Report) with 120 people from across Wales. It was inspired by the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which puts future generations at the heart of policy decisions, GALWAD invited audiences to explore the moral dilemmas and possibilities of a future impacted by a 1.8 degree rise in global temperatures and widespread social change.

GALWAD is a major pan-Wales collaboration across film, digital, theatre and sustainability sectors led by National Theatre Wales with Frân Wen; the Centre for Alternative Technology; Disability Arts Cymru; Clwstwr; Ffilm Cymru, Sugar Creative and Mad as Birds TV production company.

Creative Director for GALWAD, Claire Doherty led a team of established and emerging Welsh talent, including writer Owen Sheers with a 16-strong writing team; theatre director Gethin Evans; choreographer Anthony Matsena; writer and dramaturg Kaite O'Reilly; composer Dyfan Jones and artist Marc Rees.

Photo Credit: Kirsten McTernan

Photos: Inside the Live Finale of GALWAD

Photos: Inside the Live Finale of GALWAD

Photos: Inside the Live Finale of GALWAD

Photos: Inside the Live Finale of GALWAD




More Hot Stories For You


THE TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM Announced At Sherman ProductionsTHE TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM Announced At Sherman Productions
December 1, 2022

Inspired by the famous fairy tales, Hannah McPake - writer, performer and star of numerous Sherman productions - reimagines the world of the Brothers Grimm in a new Christmas show for the whole family.

IDIOTS ASSEMBLE: SPITTING IMAGE SAVES THE WORLD Comes to Birmingham Rep Next YearIDIOTS ASSEMBLE: SPITTING IMAGE SAVES THE WORLD Comes to Birmingham Rep Next Year
December 1, 2022

40 years after the hugely popular satirical sketch show Spitting Image was first filmed in Birmingham, the iconic puppets return to the city for the World Premiere of Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image Saves the World at Birmingham Rep.

Invisible Disabilities: Second Hand Dance Release Report On UK FestivalsInvisible Disabilities: Second Hand Dance Release Report On UK Festivals
December 1, 2022

This World Disability Day Second Hand Dance will shine a light on invisible disability with the release of research the company has carried out into how it impacts professionals attending arts festivals.

New Season of Visiting Work Announced For Winter/Spring 2023 at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph TheatreNew Season of Visiting Work Announced For Winter/Spring 2023 at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre
December 1, 2022

A season of visiting shows at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre has been announced. Learn more about the full lineup here!

Cast Announced For THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Watford Palace Theatre and HOME ManchesterCast Announced For THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Watford Palace Theatre and HOME Manchester
December 1, 2022

Casting has been announced for The Merchant of Venice, coming to Watford Palace Theatre and HOME Manchester in 2023.