Dafydd wrote and composed the music for Heritage for the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools: Connections 2013/14 (www.connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk).


It’s May Day, and a group of misfit children are specially chosen to close the day’s festivities; but as they gather together in uniform to rehearse the village anthem, all is not well. Tubbsy’s hiding a cat in his bag; Deirdre-May’s grieving her Nanna and Mark’s turned up as Stegosaurus.

As the rehearsal breaks down, they soon begin to suspect that they’ve been chosen for a far darker purpose…

Heritage is a blistering black comedy with music that explores the darker side of nationalism.


The festival involved 10 writers, 230 Youth Theatre Companies, 5, 000 young people, 684 performance, 26 partner theatre and 25, 000 audience members.

Heritage was initially developed with the young people of Mess up the Mess Theatre Company, Ammanford, and the pupils of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Cwm Rhymni.

The play was performed by 37 groups across the UK.

In June, 2014, Bridgend College’s production of Heritage appeared at the National Theatre on the Southbank.

The play is published by Methuen and has since been performed in New Zealand and Canada.

Dafydd is thrilled that it will be translated into Swedish for Länk, the Swedish version of Connections, 2016. He will be travelling to Stockholm in September to meet the participants.



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