Commissioned by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (TGC) for the 2015 National Eisteddfod this play focuses on the life of Nansi Richards. Extensive research into her life, as well as into the harp-playing tradition of Wales, was conducted at the National Library of Wales, Bangor and Aberystwyth University Archives, and interviews were carried out with Richards's friends, as well as experts in Welsh folk-music. A 90-minute long play was created, the first ever example of Promenade Theatre in Welsh, featuring words and music. The script was published as a bound volume by TGC in 2017 and now features in undergraduate curricula.
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Following a successful collaboration with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru on a Welsh translation of an experimental Dutch play, Vangst /Rhwydo (performed in association with the Wales Milleniumm Centre in 2013), Price was commissioned to compose a full-length play to feature as the company’s flagship production at the 2015 National Eisteddfod. The 90-minute play, entitled Nansi, is an examination of the life and legacy of renowned triple-harpist, Nansi Richards. Examining the tensions between Nansi’s nonconformist upbringing and her passion for folk and gypsy music, and between the deep-rooted culture of her native Montgomeryshire and modernity, the play explores her wanderings from Wales through London’s West End to America’s greatest concert halls in the years immediately before and after the First World War. Based on research conducted at the National Music Archive at the National Library of Wales, the Library and Archives of Bangor and Aberystwyth universities, Nansi also features verbatim quotes from her own writings, as well as a series of interviews with Richards's family, her acquaintances and disciples, along with experts in the field of Welsh folk-music.
The play was completed in Autumn 2014 and performed by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to a full capacity audience between August 3 and 7, 2015 to enthusiastic reviews. This was the first example of promenade theatre in Welsh and the play was commended for its innovative use of theatrical space, of music and of dream-narrative.
In response to public demand after its Eisteddfod success, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru took the play on a tour to further venues across Wales during 2016. A year later, the play won the 'Best Welsh-language Playwright' award at the Wales Theatre Awards 2017. The script was published as a bound volume by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in 2017 and now features in undergraduate curricula, e.g. at Bangor University’s School of Music.