Welsh schoolchildren to learn about Arandora Star sinking via radio

Welsh schoolchildren to learn about Arandora Star sinking via radio

The story of how 53 Welsh Italians lost their lives when the ship Arandora Star sank 80 years ago as it transported them to second world war internment camps is to be told via a back-to-basics, coronavirus-friendly medium. Rather than staging its usual conventional theatre production for thousands of Welsh schoolchildren, the renowned south Wales valleys company Theatr na nÓg has decided instead to produce a radio play. Entitled simply Arandora Star, the play will be streamed – in Welsh and English – into classrooms in the autumn. The move has been praised by arts industry leaders as an example of innovation in challenging times. The theatre company’s artistic director and co-writer of the play, Geinor Styles, said: “We are hugely disappointed that for the first time in three decades we will not be able to provide our usual production, but the safety of the children, our actors and creative teams is paramount. “We believe that producing a radio version of the play is a great solution in these uncertain times. It will ensure that the arts and theatre continue to thrive and the children of Wales are not losing out on the creative industries playing an important role in their schooling.” The company’s productions are seen every year by about 5,000 children between the ages of eight and 11. “I’m very happy that the tradition will continue and they will not lose out because of Covid-19,” said Styles. The Arandora Star, a converted cruise ship, was sunk en route to Canada in ...
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