Hodge Arts Award 2019
Winner: Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch
Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch, David Morpeth, Chair of A&B Cymru & Mark Evans, Hodge
Image by Glenn Edwards
“A standout partnership” was the judges’ verdict on Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch’s work with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys. They were unanimous that such an impressive and creative way of realising business objectives through the arts should win this year’s
award. The close working relationship between Arad Goch and its business partner resulted in a new play that addressed the sensitive issue of sexual exploitation in rural areas and which has had a tangible impact on the lives of young audiences. Awareness of the dangers has increased
and there has already been an improvement in the reporting of sexual exploitation and drug misuse.
Written in Welsh and English, Hudo/Tempted is a forum theatre production that has already been seen by around 3,000 secondary school pupils and which is touring schools across Wales later in 2019.
The judges felt that, with the equivalent of only 12 full-time staff, Aberystwyth-based Arad Goch had achieved outstanding success in developing such an innovative partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office. They congratulated the company on its achievements in engaging young people and educating and safeguarding them in such a creative way.
Hijinx for its innovative partnerships with Cardiff Airport, Hugh James, Traveline Cymru, University of South Wales and Wales & West Utilities.
Theatr Clwyd in recognition of its creative partnerships with Natural Resources Wales, North Wales Police and Community Trust and ScottishPower Foundation.