Voices From Wales - a video series from Mother Bear Productions
AmeriCymru is very proud and thankful to present a video series by Mother Bear Productions in Wales, a cooperative project by the incredibly talented team of Andy Edwards and Seimon Pugh Jones, sharing interviews and the beautiful land of Wales and its people with all of us. Please enjoy this week's video below, and click on the "Weekly Video List" tab for previous weeks.
Snowy Hopkin sits and reflects on his life as a coracle fisherman on the River Towy, Carmarthen. He sits with friends: fellow coraclemen, Malcolm Rees and David Siggery.
The video is part of a large collection of a oral history project. All nineteen short videos are available on the Mother Bear Channel. Many of the videos are also available on the People’s Collection of Wales.
I had a decision to make after finishing my education nearly forty years ago: follow a career in theatre and film or to try and play rugby to the highest level. I decided on the latter. Different lives have come and gone: rugby player, teacher, rugby coach and outdoor pursuit centre manager. Hobbies illustrate a love of life and the challenge of the outdoor. extreme cyclist, mountain walker, songwriter, musician and storyteller.
I am now free to concentrate on projects of my choice. Something I should have done at the start of my career, maybe, capitalising on my schooling and love for working in film, television and theatre.
Seimon Pugh Jones
Seimon Pugh Jones, Born in Carmarthen back in 1966. Been a professional photographer for most of his life and has been very lucky to have been involved in some interesting projects.Lives in Laugharne with his partner Min (Meinir) and Stepson Daf (Dafydd).Loves to play drums, paints and history.
Andy Edwards, Mother Bear Productions
Mother Bear started out as a Community Theatre Project. It is based in the township of Laugharne. The aim of the project is to research local historical figures and play out scenes usually by characters listening to stories in a public house in an improvised situation.
One of the most informed pieces is about a Napoleonic soldier who retires after the Wars to run a pub in Laugharne. Research was done and his diaries found. They become the basis of the treatment that has been performed in cafes, churches, chip shops, town halls and pubs across South Wales.
Another part of the project is to put together videos of community interest, whether they are cultural, historical or have a community interest. We have basic equipment but found that we could produce reasonable quality videos that were of interest.
Seimon and myself have been friends for many years. He now hopes to relocate his WW2 museum and artifacts to Kidwelly very soon and is working hard towards that end. For twenty years I helped run an outdoor pursuit centre in Pendine. Six years ago I built a WW1 trench system as an educational tool for children of all ages.
We have a network across South Wales of like-minded friends and now and again you will see that our videos have a slant to the two major conflicts of the 20th century.
I contacted Gaabriel at Americymru over ten years ago when I was organizing a charity cycle trip from California to Florida. I wanted to link up with different Welsh communities as we went. Americymru supported the trip by putting it out there that we were looking for help. The straight route across the States became a zig-zag as we endeavored to meet all of Gaabriel’s contacts. Over £80,000 raised for Noah’s Ark Hospital in Cardiff.
So it all goes quiet for ten years until Seimon announces that he’s got a great contact in Oregon.
‘Let’s do a few videos for them!’
‘How many is a few, butt?’ I say.
‘One a week for a year!’ he says.
Today we launch our video series with author Alun Gibbard, at Number Five, Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea, the birthplace of Dylan Thomas.