THE ancient Welsh story of the woman made of flowers, Blodeuwedd, comes to the stage in a new production at The Hafren, Newtown, this Saturday night, March 3.

Award winning Welsh writer Sion Eirian brings together the original story from the Mabinogi with Saunders Lewis’ Welsh language verse drama of the same name, combined with original material to create a captivating dark fantasy and a strikingly poetic reimagining.

The resulting ‘Woman of Flowers’ is the first co-production between Theatr Pena and the Taliesin Arts Centre

This dynamic and visually rich production of a very ancient tale of betrayal and retribution features a cast including Theatr Pena company members, with award-winning actresses Betsan Llwyd as the embittered goddess Arianrhod and Eiry Thomas as the malevolent wizard Gwydion, and veteran Welsh actress and singer Olwen Rees as Blodeuwedd’s loyal maid Rhagnell. and Rhys Meredith as the treacherous Lord Gronw.

Appearing with Theatr Pena for the first time is award winning actress Sara Gregory as the woman of flowers Blodeuwedd and Oliver Morgan-Thomas as the betrayed warrior prince Llew.

The story was later adapted in a modern setting by Alan Garner for his most famous novel ‘The Owl Service’, filmed near Dolgellau for television by HTV for an equally successful six part serial.

The play is nearing the end of its tour and tickets for Newtown cost £11 from the theatre box office on 01686 614555.