Picture credit: Bible Society. Picture shows a previous In Character play about Bishop William Morgan.

Sponsorship brings the story of Mary Jones to life for the children of Wales

Nawdd gan Gymdeithas y Beibl yn dod â stori Mari Jones yn fyw i blant Cymru

A brand new show about the journey Mary Jones took from Llanfihangel y Pennant to Bala will be travelling to schools in Wales from next week onwards.

The show, Mary Jones – my footprint has been written by Siân Melangell Dafydd. Ffion Glyn will portray the 16 year old girl who walked 26 miles to Bala to buy a Bible from Thomas Charles. Siân said:

‘It has been a thrill to imagine what Mary would have been like and to think about why she would have walked 26 miles for a book. A special book, the Bible and better than that, a Bible in Welsh. Through Mary I have been reminded how special it is to discover new stories and to love them so much as to want to read them again and again. I also would have walked 26 miles, and without shoes if necssary. I hope that children in Welsh schools will enjoy meeting this important figure from Welsh history’.

Mewn Cymeriad / In Character, a company producing drama for children, is staging the show, which has been commissioned by Bible Society. Christine Daniel, Head of Bible Society Wales said: ‘Bible Society is delighted to be able to sponser this new show about Mary Jones. The show tells a story that is close to the heart of many people around the world. It is because of Mary Jones and her journey to buy a Bible from Thomas Charles in Bala that Bible Society was started. For more than 200 years Bible Society has been making Bibles available to millions of people around the world.

Mewn Cymeriad / In Character develops and stages shows which portray the history of Wales to a new generation of young people in a fun and interactive way. We hope that hundreds of children will see the show and be inspired by the story of Mary Jones and the effect that her actions have had on people around the world.

For more information contact Eleri Twynog on 07891 383392 or at gwyb@mewncymeriad.cymru.

  • Mewn Cymeriad/In Character was set up with the aim of teaching primary school children about some of the most important historical figures in our nation’s history, through fun and interactive drama shows. So far, the company has visited more than 500 schools throughout all of Wales staging shows about Harry Tudor, Boudicca, Owain Glyndŵr, Robert Recorde, Bishop William Morgan and Lord Rhys. For more details about the work of the company go to mewncymeriad.cymru.
  • Bible society offers the Bible to children in Wales through Open the Book / Agor y Llyfr. This is a popular programme with more that 120 teams which visit schools weekly to present Bible stories through dramatic and interactive story telling in school assemblies. This helps children like Mary Jones to discover some of the stories from the Bible. openthebook.net
  • Visitors of all ages can learn more about Mary Jones, Thomas Charles and Bible Society by visiting Mary Jones World, Bible Society’s visitor and education centre in Llanycil, Bala bydmaryjonesworld.org.uk

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