Cymreig Sounds of Music was a multilingual production providing multiple opportunities for high quality arts experiences. The project was an adaptation of the Sound of Music, re-told from a Welsh perspective. It developed out of an extensive research period, followed by a series of intensive auditions – beginning in January 2017, workshops & rehearsals.
It effortlessly included participants and the wider school & college communities through the creation of multimedia clips, musical theatre performances and props/set design. College students from Coleg Y Cymoedd had opportunities to choreograph dances & direct individual scenes. Participants included a cast of mainstream college students with Additional Learning Needs (ALN), pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN), pupils who use Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) technologies, pupils who use British Sign Language (BSL), pupils with visual impairments (Braille users) & pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD); portraying an accurate representation of a ‘typical’ special school and of our culturally diverse society.
The performance took place the week beginning 22nd May 2017 and was a great success – well done to all involved. With very special thanks to our funders; the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the Big Lottery Fund.