The Spirit of the Mimosa

Posted Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Title: The Spirit of the Mimosa, by award-winning writer and director Tim Baker
Date: Thursday 9th June 2011
Location: Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre for Young People
Time: 7.00pm
Cost:

On 28 May 1865, during the Victorian era, the clipper ‘The Mimosa’ slipped slowly out of Albert Dock in Liverpool. Her destination was Patagonia, two months and three continents away, and her cargo was the entire possessions, hopes, dreams, religion and language of the 167 Welsh men and women who were travelling to build a new life. They had been promised an idyll in which to build a new Wales. The reality was very different.

The Patagonia story is the most famous migration in Welsh history, and against huge odds and desperate conditions, these brave migrants succeeded in creating a Welsh speaking community which still exists and thrives today, over 7,000 miles away. The trip in 1865 had been organised by a passionate Welshman, Edwin Cynrig Roberts, from Cilcain in Flintshire.

The most comprehensive account of the whole journey is Elvey Macdonald’s ‘Yr Hirdaith’. Elvey was born in Patagonia and is descended directly from Edwin Roberts, and has agreed to be historical adviser to this ambitious project.

Tickets for this performance are free for over 50s

For more information contact William McMillan on 01352 701 559 or email william.mcmillan@clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk