Gwenno Dafydd - Performance

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I have been a professional performer for the last thirty years. My performing career has encompassed television, radio, theatre, Theatre in Education productions, cabaret and live performance, both as an actress and singer.

I am now represented by Dragon Personal Management and if you would like to book me for any engagement, speak to my agent Spencer Dennisson on:

 0207 183 5362       or       02920 754 491        www.dragon-pm.com 

You could also listen to my Vocal Showreel at:    http://gwennodafydd.voice123.com  

Some recent highlights of my performing work

I recorded and broadcast the very first Welsh Medium advert for Radio Cardiff. (January 2011)

I was a guest soloist  with 'Cor Godre'r Garth' in their recent trip to the South of France:

La Vie en Rose:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAPUVWLCclQ                                         Hymne a'L'Amour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85b29z5NZwc

Since the beginning of August 2010, I have been co-presenting'Return of the Mac' Radio programme  with Neil McEvoy on Radio Cardiff every Tuesday from 12.45 -1.15  (98.7FM) as Gwenno Dafydd - (Probably) The Welshiest Woman in Wales - she's got an opinion on everything!   I did two shows on my own whilst the Mac was waiting to return (from holiday) with my own very special guests!     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysRxFe25Sp4

On the 12th and 13th June  2010 I had the honour of singing the Welsh National Anthem at  the 2010 Welsh Senior Open Championships and Commonwealth Games Trials  and U13 and U15 Championships at Cardiff International Sports Stadium,Leckwith. I was wearing a dress made by Rebecca Williams, an A Level Textiles pupil at Fishguard School, based on the Pembrokeshire Banner. This was the very first time this had happened and following a very positve response it is quite likely that this will become a tradition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIqUn-mHvIs

I have been working with Heather Jones on behalf of the "Music in Hospitals" charity since July 2010  singing in hospitals, hospices and old-people's homes when not engaged in my other freelance professional work.

Saint David's Day Song                                                                                              I sang at the Pembrokeshire Banner's 'Homecoming Ceremony' at Saint David's Cathedral in February 2010, for Rhodri Morgan at one of his very last events as Welsh First Minister in November 2009 in the presence of Dennis O'Neill and 170 members of the Welsh business community,   www.baanromjit.org/fundraising.htm  and at the last five National Saint David's Day Parades.

Special guest of Griff Rhys Jones at a charity concert at 'Trehilin', his farm in North Pembrokeshire August 2009

Piaf' - French song set  -   Tesco Stage, Millenium Centre, Cardiff, Bastille Day July 2008.

Special guest singer - Mayor of Fishguard (Cllr.Richard Davies) in his annual charity dinner, Fishguard Bay Hotel. March 2008

Stand-up comedy as Bodicea – Queen of HRT. Laughing Cows’ at the Frog and Bucket, Manchester. First Welsh performer.  January 2008 

‘Biling Burlesque’ – Buddug Benboeth / Bodicea. Theatr Bwci Bo, Chapter, Cardiff. Director: Diana Biancci. October 2007 (Both nights sold out)

This page was last updated on the 1st June 2011                 © Gwenno Dafydd

 Here are some of the highlights of my career:

Started in Belgium at the end of the seventies when I was a street singer, busking on the streets (one of the very few female buskers in Europe at the time) and singing in restaurants and concerts. I busked all the way to Istanbul and back and also sang numerous times for the British Tourist Association. (1979 - 1983)

Made a record, a remix of 'Down-Town' by Petula Clark and appeared on a Belgian television programme in the company of Kim Wilde (1983)

Was in the very first television performance of Ioan Gruffydd, who was 11 years old at the time, before he appeared on Pobol y Cwm,  when I played  'Sera Siop Chips' (Sarah from the Chip Shop) in 'Austin' (BBC) (1985)

Did a vast amount of work for BBC Radio Education over the years working on the following programmes  'Dewch i Foli', 'O Bant i Bentan', 'Ehangu Gorwelion', 'Wales and Beyond', 'Snapdragon'. (1985-2000)

Was Captain of  a Panel on 'Pop Quiz'  'Twr Television' (36 programmes -1986.)

Had the lead role in 'Byw heb Betsan' (Living without Betsan) a television film (Ty Gwyn Films) (1987)

Did the Welsh voice-over for 'Girls Night Out' by Oscar nominated animator Joanna Quinn (1987) 

Played 'Martha Joseph' on 'Wil Cefn Coch'  Directed by Oscar nominated Director Paul Turner. This film is still used extensively in Welsh schools to support the GCSE curriculum. (1987)

Had a long running role in 'Minafon' as 'Susan Smith' (Ffilmiau Eryri) (15 episodes -1988/1989)

Wrote and performed a one-woman show about the French singer Edith Piaf called 'Llwyd Bach y Baw' (No Regrets) (1988)

Worked extensively  as a Director and actress in Theatre in Education productions with Theatre Cwrwgl (Coracle Theatre) Theatr Gwent and Theatre Iolo Morgannwg. (1986 -1989)

Sang in an Euro Cabaret at the Garden Festival Wales, Ebbw Vale. French and German songs (Betolt Brecht, Kurt Weil and Edith Piaf) (42 shows - 1992)

Had a series idea commissioned by S4C and was a performer in  'Crwydro'r Cyfandir' (Roaming the Continent) - a 3,000 mile motor-bike trip around Europe following in the tyre-tracks of my grand-father emminent historian Ambrose Bebb recreating a trip he did in 1928.(4 programmes - 1992)

Played  the role of 'Anna Mathews' in BBC's 'Pobol y Cwm' (25 episodes from 1993 - 2000)

Sang two solo's in St David's Hall, Cardiff to celebrate VE day. (1995)

Had a part in 'Casualty' BBC Bristol as 'Eileen - the car mechanic' (1995.)

Have ventured into the pirranah pool of Stand-up comedy - a number of performances over the years including one at St. Davids Hall, Cardiff, (2000)  as part of the 'Write thing - in Celebration of my sisters' and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a guest in Gillian Elisa Thomas' show.(2005)

Was a regular soloist with Cor Caerdydd and sang solo at St. David's Hall with the choir and Peter Carrie.(2000 - 2005)

Had a Comic role as 'Miss Hortense' in  'Porc Peis Bach' Ffilmiau Cambrensis, (4 episodes -2001)

Had a Comic role as 'Mrs. Dunn' in BBC's 'X Ray' working with Tanni Grey Thompson. (5 programmes -2001)

Was invited to sing in Los Angeles in the 90th birthday celebration for twice crowned bard Eluned Phillips. Also had a programme commissioned for S4C to interview her on her birthday which resulted in a programme, 'Paned 'da Picasso ('A cuppa with Picasso') (2004)

Recently sang with the 'Ivan Sadka Jazz Quartet' in a charity concert at Nazareth House, Cardiff. (2006)

Comic role as 'Mrs. Edwards' in 'The Baker' with Damien Lewis. (2006)

Was in the first ever 'Bilingual Burlesque' Show in Chapter in October 2007 which sold out for two nights at Chapter in Cardiff.

I speak Welsh English, French, Flemish and Spanish and can also sing in German and Italian.

                           Gwenno Dafydd Perfformio

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D'wi wedi bod yn berfformwraig broffesiynol ers dros saith mlynedd ar hugain. Mae fy ngyrfa berfformio wedi cynnwys teledu, radio, theatr, cynhyrchiadau Theatr Mewn Addysg, cabaret a pherfformio'n fyw, fel actores a chantores.

Mae 'Dragon Personal Management' yn fy nghynrychioli bellach ac os oes gennych ddiddordeb i gynnig gwaith i mi ar gyfer unrhyw achlysur, cysylltwch gyda fy asiant Spencer Dennisson ar:

 0207 183 5362       neu       02920 754 491        www.dragon-pm.com

Allwch chi wrando hefyd ar fy Showreel Llais yn:    http://gwennodafydd.voice123.com  

Rhai o uchafbwyntiau diweddar o fy ngwaith perfformio

Cefais y fraint i ricordio hysbyseb cyntaf drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg ar Radio Caerdydd (Ionawr 2011)

Bum yn unawdydd gyda 'Cor Godre'r Garth'  ar eu taith diweddar i Dde Ffrainc:         

La Vie en Rose:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAPUVWLCclQ                Hymne a'L'Amour:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85b29z5NZwc

Ers dechrau mis Awst 2010, dwi wedi bod yn cyd-gyflwyno  rhaglen radio ‘Return of the Mac) gyda Neil McEvoy ar Radio Caerdydd, bob Dydd Mawrth rhwng 12.45 – 1.15 (98.7FM) fel Gwenno Dafydd – (Mwy na thebyg!) y Fenyw Gymreica yng Nghymru – mae ganddi farn ar bopeth! Ces y profiad o ddwy sioe ar fy mhen fy hun tra'r oedd Neil ar ei wyliau gyda fy ngwestai arbennig. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIqUn-mHvIs

Ar y 22fed a'r 23ain o Fehefin cefais y fraint o ganu ein Hanthem Genedlaethol ym Mhencampwriaethau Athletau Agored Cymru a threialon Gemau'r Gymanwald yn goystal a threialon O Dan 13 oed ac O Dan 15 oed yn Stadiwm Mabolgampau Rhyngwladol Caerdydd yn Llechwedd. Dyma'r tro cyntaf i unrhywun wneud hyn ac yn dilyn ymateb ffafriol iawn mae'n bosib y bydd hwn yn datblygu i fod yn draddodiad blynyddol.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIqUn-mHvIs

Ers mis Gorffennaf 2010, pan oedd gwaith proffesiynol arall yn caniatau, r'wyf wedi bod yn gweithio'n achlysurol ar y cyd gyda Heather Jones a'r elusen "'Cerddoriaeth Mewn Ysbytai" yn canu o amglych ysbytai, hospisis a chartrefi hen bobl.       

Can Dydd Gwyl                                                                                                       Bum yn ei chanu yn 'Seremoni Ymgartrefu' Baner Sir Benfro yn Egwlys Gadeiriol Ty Ddewi ym mis Chwefror 2010, o flaen  Rhodri Morgan  yn un o'i ymddangosiadau olaf un fel Prif Weinidog Cymruone ym mis Tachwedd 2009  ym mhresenoldeb Dennis O'Neill a 170  o aelodau o'r gymuned fusnes yng Nghymru,   www.baanromjit.org/fundraising.htm   yn ogystal ac ar y pump Gorymdaith Genedlaethol Gwyl Dewi olaf.

Gwestai arbennig Griff Rhys Jones mewn cyngerdd elysennol yn ffermdy 'Trehilin', Sir Benfro Awst 2009 Set o ganeuon Ffrengig Piaf – Llwyfan Tesco’s, Canolfan y Mileniwm 12/07/08 

Gwestai arbennig (canu) Maer Abergwaun (Cynghorydd Richard Davies) yn ei ginio elusen blynyddol, Gwesty’r Bae, Abergwaun, Ebrill 2008

Comedi 'dal dy dir' fel Buddug Benboeth - Brenhines HRT(stand-up) yn Laughing Cows’ yn nhafarn y Frog and Bucket, Manceinion. Menyw Gymreig gyntaf i berfformio yna.  Ionawr 2008

‘Biling Burlesque’ – Buddug Benboeth / Bodicea Theatr Bwci Bo Chapter Cyfarwyddwr : Diana Biancci Hydref 2007 (wedi gwerthu mas y ddwy noson)

Diweddarwyd y dudalen yma ar y Cyntaf o Fehefin  2011   © Gwenno Dafydd     

 Dyma rai o uchafbwyntiau fy ngyrfa:

Dechreuodd yng Ngwlad Belg ar ddiwedd y saithdegau pan o'n i'n canu ar y strydoedd, yn byscio (un o'r unig ferched oedd yn byscio yn Ewrop bryd hynny) ac yn canu mewn bwydai a chyngherddau. 'Byscio' yr holl ffordd i Istanbul ac yn ol a canu nifer o weithiau i Fwrdd Twristiaid Lloegr. (1979 - 1983)

Recordio record, ailgymysgedd o 'Down Town' gan Petula Clark ac ymddangos ar raglen deledu Felgaidd yng nghwmni Kim Wilde (1983)

Yn y  cynhyrchiad cyntaf i Ioan Gruffydd ymddangos ynddo, r'oedd yn 11 mlwydd oed bryd hynny, cyn iddo ymddangos yn Pobol y Cwm, pan gefais ran 'Sera Siop Chips' yn 'Austin' gan y BBC. (1985)

Llawer o waith i Adran Addysg BBC Radio Cymru yn gweithio ar y rhaglenni canlynol: Dewch i Foli', 'O Bant i Bentan', 'Ehangu Gorwelion', 'Wales and Beyond', 'Snapdragon'.  (1985 - 2000)

Capten Panel 'Cwis Pop' gan 'Teledu Twr' (36 rhaglen -1986)

Prif ran yn 'Byw heb Betsan' ffilm i'r teledu gan Gynhyrchiadau Ty Gwyn. (1987)

Trosleisio y llais Cymraeg i 'Girls Night Out' gan yr animeiddwraig gafodd ei nomineiddio am wobr Oscar Joanna Quinn. (1987) 

'Martha Joseph' yn 'Wil Cefn Coch'.  Y Cyfarwyddwr oedd Paul Turner gafodd ei nomineiddio am Oscar am ei waith fel cyfarwyddwr Hedd Wyn. Mae'r ffilm yma yn cael ei defnyddio yn helaeth mewn ysgolion Cymreig i gefnogi y cwriciwlwm TGAU.(1987)

Rhan hir dymor yn 'Minafon' fel 'Susan Smith' (Ffilmiau Eryri) (15 rhaglen - 1988/1989)

Ysgrifennu  a pherfformio sioe un ddynes am fywyd y gantores Ffrengig Edith Piaf o'r enw 'Llwyd Bach y Baw'  (1988)

Gweithio'n helaeth fel Cyfarwyddwraig ac actores mewn cynhyrchiadau Theatr Mewn Addysg gyda Theatr Cwrwgl, Theatr Gwent a Theatr Iolo Morgannwg. (1986-1989)

Canu mewn 'Euro Cabaret' - yng Ngwyl Gerddi Cymru, Glyn Ebwy. Caneuon Ffrengig ac Almaeneg. (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weil and Edith Piaf) (42 sioe - 1992)

Cael fy nghomisiynu gan S4C i wneud  'Crwydro'r Cyfandir' taith beic-modur 3,000 o filltiroedd  o amgylch y cyfandir yn ail greu taith wnaeth fy Nhaid, yr hanesydd enwog Ambrose Bebb, ym 1928.  (4 rhaglen - 1992)

Rhan 'Anna Mathews' yn 'Pobol y Cwm' BBC  (25 rhaglen o 1993 - 2000)

Canu dau unawd yn Neuadd Dewi Sant, Caerdydd mewn cyngerdd i ddathlu 'VE Day' (1995)

Rhan yn 'Casualty' BBC Bryste fel 'Elieen y mecanic' (1995)

Mentro i fewn i'r pwll piranas o gomedi 'dal dy dir' (stand-up) - a gwneud nifer o berfformiadau dros y blynyddoedd gan gynnwys un yn Neuadd Dewi Sant, Caerdydd, (2000) fel rhan o wyl 'Write thing - in Celebration of my sisters' ac yng Ngwyl Ryngwladol Caeredin,  fel perfformwraig wadd gyda Gillian Elisa Thomas. (2005)  

Canu unawdau yn rheolaidd gyda 'Chor Caerdydd' a chanu unawd yn Neuadd Dewi Sant gyda'r Cor a Peter Carrie. (2000 - 2005)

Rhan cymeriad digri  'Miss Hortense' yn  'Porc Peis Bach'  gyda Ffilmiau Cambrensis, (4 rhaglen -2001)

Rhan y cymeriad digri 'Mrs. Dunn' yn 'X Ray' BBC yn gweithio gyda Tanni Grey Thompson. (5 rhaglen - 2001)

Cael gwahoddiad i ganu yn Los Angeles yn nathliadau penblwydd 90 oed bardd y goron, (ddwywiath), Eluned Phillips. Comisiynwyd rhaglen o'm syniad i gan S4C, 'Paned 'da Picasso', i gyflweld Eluned a'i ricordio ar ei phenblwydd yn Los Angeles. (2004 ) 

Canu gyda 'Pedwarawd Jazz Ivan Sadka'  mewn cyngerdd elysennol yn 'Nhy Nazareth' Caerdydd (2006)

Rhan cymeriad digri fel 'Mrs. Edwards' yn 'The Baker' gyda Damien Lewis. (Dosbarthu yn y sinemau 2007)

R'oeddwn yn y sioe Burlesque Ddwyieithog gyntaf erioed yn Chapter, mis Hydref 2007. Gweler http://bbc.co.uk/cymru/adloniant/theatr/adolygiadau/bwrlesg.shtml am adolygiad. Gwerthodd y ddwy nosweth allan yn llwyr.

Dwi'n siarad Cymraeg, Saesneg, Ffrangeg, Fflemeg a Sbaeneg ac yn medru canu yn ogystal yn Almaeneg ac Eidaleg.