To celebrate International Women’s Day this year we are delighted to announce the launch of a year-long performance project for women. The project, called ‘Llan’, will explore mothers’ experience of isolation and separation. It uses the metaphor of the home as a llan, which is the Welsh word, originally used to mean enclosure.
Wales is full of llan’s: Llangeinor, Llangynwyd, Llantwit Major, Llanelli, Llandeilo, Llandovery… In a historical sense these places are founded on settlements usually created by a Saint who created the enclosure, and latter was used to describe the churches dedicated to saints.
What support and safety does a Llan offer its inhabitants? What are its restrictions? How easy is it to leave it? These are the kinds of questions the women we work with might consider.
Women will create short solo performances, which will take place in their homes. We are aiming to connect women’s live performances through an internet platform, which would be streamed live for International Women’s Day 2013.
We are planning to work over a much wider geographical area than we normally do in individual projects, stretching from the Vale to the valleys of West Wales. As a way of meeting women in these new areas we are offering a lovely, creative writing workshop, which celebrates the wonder of a woman’s hands. This is available to women’s groups, gatherings and also will be available in public venues. Details will be posted here shortly.
If you would like to book the workshop ‘A Woman’s Hands’ for your group, or to find out more about ‘Llan’, please contact Tracy on t[email protected] or 01656 729246.
For further reading on Llans, visit bbc.co.uk/wales/whatsinaname/sites/themes/pages/religion.shtml