DURING last year’s Urdd Eisteddfod at the Royal Welsh Showground Mudiad Meithrin and the Urdd jointly launched a new competition seeking to find new talent to entertain young children between 2-4 years-old and their parents.

Iola Jones, Mudiad Meithrin’s Head of Communication and Partnership Team, said: “Mudiad Meithrin was eager to unearth new talent to entertain very young children, in the hope of finding new talent that could take on the three-week-long Dewi and Doti Festival Tour in the future. Consequently we went into partnership with the Urdd to jointly run this competition.”

The ‘Meithrin Talent – Talent Meithrin’ competition is open to Urdd members between 18-24 years old. The competition process ran between September and December last year with candidates completing an application form, sending off a portfolio outlining their experience, and creating a 5 minute video clip of themselves providing some background information and highlighting their performing talents.

The two applicants who have reached the short-list are Siân Elin Williams from Pencarreg, near Llanybydder and Lois Glain Postle from Bodedern, Anglesey. At the end of April they both spent a day’s training and mentoring at the Urdd Centre in Cardiff Bay in the company of Martyn Geraint, the doyen of performing for young children in Wales.

The end of the journey for the short-listed competitors will be an opportunity to perform at various locations at the 2019 Urdd National Eisteddfod field in Cardiff Bay on Saturday 1 June, with the judging panel adjudicating the quality of their performance and their understanding of the needs of the target audience, and a chance to perform in one of the shows during the 2019 Dewin and Doti Festival held between 10 and 29 June this year.

Aled Siôn, Urdd National Eisteddfod Director, said “The Urdd Eisteddfod allows many young people to take their first performing steps, so we are very happy to hold this new competition at this year’s Eisteddfod. This is a wonderful opportunity for Urdd competitors to expand their performing opportunities in front of audiences around the Eisteddfod field.”

The winner will be announced on the Pavilion stage at the 2019 Urdd Eisteddfod and will receive a £300 prize and the chance to perform in a show as part of Mudiad Meithrin’s 2019 Dewin and Doti Festival. The runner-up will receive £200.

The competition is planned to continue as a joint venture between Mudiad Meithrin and the Urdd next year.

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