Bethan trained as an actress at Webber Douglas Academy before discovering her life as a playwright. She also travelled and volunteered abroad before realising that she could combine her need to work with unheard communities with her writing. She is driven to write by people’s stories- their journeys, their experiences and their way of surviving in the world. Her process involves working very closely with unheard groups on the fringes of our society to create productions where their voices are heard loudly, honestly and creatively. Her proudest works are the site-specific interactive theatre productions she created by collaborating with the LGBT community of Swansea (“A Queer Christmas”, Mess Up The Mess) and residents of a council estate in North Wales (“C’laen ta!” Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) and her first verbatim play “Sgint” (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru). She loves to test boundaries and enjoys telling stories on multiple platforms.
Her previous credits include- “From Land to Mouth” (Pentabus), Cysgu'n Brysur (Arad Goch, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and WMC), Ar Waith ar Daith (Walk the Plank), PyC (S4C/BBC Wales), A Place Called Home (Birmingham Rep), The Beach (National Theatre Wales) and Such Tweet Sorrow (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Bethan was selected as one of four Welsh writers on the talent scheme ‘Y Labordy’. She received a Creative Wales Award this year to explore the possibility of the "audience as co-creators of theatre” and won the first “Straeon Iris” competition (an Iris Prize/S4C/Ffilm Cymru and Bfi Net.wok initiative) which culminated in short film “Afiach” (Sick) being made and premiered at the Iris Prize Film Festival this year.
Bethan is originally from North Wales, writes in both Welsh and English and lives with her wife and two young children in Cardiff.