"Ceridwen, according to Welsh legends and folklore, was a white witch or goddess, and is considered to be the goddess of poetry, inspiration and of the cauldron of transfiguration."
Hello and welcome to our site!
Ceridwen Theatre Company are a vibrant amalgamation of differing personalities and experience.
We traverse the UK performing anywhere that inspires us creatively - theatres, caves, forests, historic buildings and more.
We are a female-led, not-for-profit company with proud Welsh roots and take our name from a legendary female figure in Welsh folklore - the goddess Ceridwen.
At the helm we have Company directors Helena Devereux & Gemma Mann and Artistic Director Vivien Lesley Jones. We have worked together for more than a decade, officially forming a company in 2014.
Opportunity and accessibility are key
What this means for our team:
We always work with professional, talented and inspiring individuals. This does not always equate to seeking people with the longest CV's.
Age, whether younger or older should not be a barrier to entering the arts professions. We wish to continue to be open to working with talented emerging artists.
Examples of these values in practice are:
Our Artistic Director Vivien spent 40 years in the education sector before making a leap away from the familiar & following her previously sidelined artistic leanings. Through working with Ceridwen, Vivien is now making her living from the arts.
We recently we brought in a University theatre graduate in to work on Peter Pan alongside our company of professional actors to help this young actor bridge the gap between training and professional experience.
What this means for our audiences:
In partnership with our venues we aim to keep our ticket prices affordable. We are not-for-profit so every penny we make is invested back into the company and into ensuring we can deliver high quality work created by professional artists.
We wish to be approachable and therefore are only a phone call away if our audiences have questions about our shows, access or individual needs.
We produce work in a variety of spaces including theatres, caves, forests, fields, steam trains and underground canal caverns - we love the challenge of adapting to a new space and it allows our audiences to choose how they experience our work.
In December 2019 we shared our production of Peter Pan with more than 5000 people at The Albany Theatre in Coventry. This year we aim to go bolder & better with The Snow Queen, running at The Albany Theatre from 9th to 29th December. Combining music, laughter and a thrilling story, this creative and sparkling production is guaranteed to engage and enchant audiences of all ages.
We love working in unusual venues so we were thrilled to return to Clearwell Caves this summer with a sell-out run of Neverland Underground. We took the script from our Peter Pan and completely reworked it for an interactive underground adventure. The audience came along on our quest to find the lost treasure of the mermaids, meeting many Neverland characters along the way.