Cad Godeu/The Battle of the Trees

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Christine Cooper with Ceri Rhys Matthews

Cad Godeu/The Battle of the Trees



Christine CooperCeri Rhys Matthews

A storm rages; a child is born; an ancient secret uncovered. Somewhere, an army of trees begin to march…

“at the heart of this stands a charismatic and highly skilled teller of tales – musician to boot – and a lattice of stories that are woven together into something quite special” ****

Paul Levy, Fringe Review

Christine weaves a twisted web of tangled stories, with the mysterious Welsh poem that inspired Tolkein and Shakespeare at its centre. The loss of millions of trees in the 1987 storm, an archaeological dig on a remote beach, the poet Robert Graves in a frenzy of inspiration, and Christine’s own family story are drawn together through moments of startling coincidence. The crime of the warrior chief Amaethon echoes down the centuries, and a voice speaks the words: I am Taliesin.

Featuring special guest Ceri Rhys Matthews on flutes, clarinets, pipes and other sounds. Performed mainly in English, with some Welsh. Suitable for adults and children over 9.

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Supported by the Arts Council of Wales

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