One day conference on the Interlude

InterludeThe Culture of the 18th and 19th Centuries Section of the Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Ethnology and Fok Studies Section, are to present a one day conference on The Interlude.

Supported by St Fagans: National History Museum, and The School of Welsh at Cardiff University, the conference will be held on the 14th July at Oakdale Hall, St Fagans: National History Museum

Three guest speakers—Dr Rhiannon Ifans, Dr Ffion Mair Jones and Dr Jerry Hunter— who have an interest in the medium will present papers on various aspects of the interlude, a type of multimedia show that provided fun and enjoyment and an escape from a hard and monotonous life for ordinary eighteenth century Welsh folk.

In the final session, Dr A Cynfael Lake, aided by actors from the School of Welsh at Cardiff University directed by Ms Ceri Elen, will illustrate some typical interlude scenes and resurrect some of the fun and mischievousness of these folk plays. These scenes are based on five interludes by Huw Jones of Llangwm, one of the most renowned balladeers and interlude writers of his age.


10.00am     Assemble at Oakdale Hall
                    Coffee (courtesy of the National History Museum, St Fagans)

10.30am     Dr Ffion Mair Jones , The Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
                    'Rwy'n synnu o achos Lloegr, / O ran ei bod hi mor ysgeler': Interlude
                     by Huw Jones, Glan Conwy

11.20am      Dr Rhiannon Ifans, University of Wales: Trinity St David
                     Twm o'r Nant’s girls

12.10pm      Lunch

1.10pm        Dr Jerry Hunter, School of Welsh Bangor University
                     'Wel, y cwmni gweddus, / Mae arna-i fyd anafus': the story of Capten 
                     Ffactor and the battle between order and disorder

2.15pm        Dr A Cynfael Lake, Department of Welsh, Academi Hywel Teifi, 
                     Swansea University with actors from the School of Welsh, Cardiff 
                     University, directed by Ms Ceri Elen 
                     'O ran pleser i'r gynulleidfa': introduction to the interlude

There will be a break for lunch between 12.10 and 1.10. Delegates are responsible for their own arrangements. There is a café and restaurant in the main building and food is also served at the Gwalia Tearoom opposite Oakdale Hall. There is a charge for parking in the car park at the Museum entrance.

If you wish to attend the conference please inform Dr A Cynfael Lake in advance, by 6 July. There is a registration fee of £5 to attend the full day (cheques payable to the Culture of the 18th and 19th Centuries Section). There is no charge for those who wish to attend the final session which starts at 2.15pm. Contact

Please Note: All papers will be delivered through the medium of Welsh