30 April 2007
22 April 2007
The Play as reviewed by Chapter in 2002.Wed, 10 April 2002 - Sat, 27 April 2002. CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE. “Sparks with energy ….stunning performances,” The Western Mail(of Sgript Cymru's Art and Guff) Franco's Bastard is directed by Simon Harris. The cast includes James Coombes (The Bill, Heartbeat, Holby City), Karin Diamond (Magistrates) and Shane Attwooll (The Bill, Nuts and Bolts). Carlo is a philosopher. Carlo is a soldier. Carlo is a lover. Carlo is a hunter. Carlo’s tears make Llyn Brianne. Carlo is the dawn on Poppit Sands… the rough seas’ calmer who whistles out the boats on beating eddies… a man with not a hint of mediocrity. Carlo is a fascist… While dreaming of the day when a new Wales will dawn, Carlo Francisco Franco Lloyd Hughes’s “project” goes strangely awry, when he falls in love with a mixed-race woman from Cardiff and meets a playboy called Ben, who murdered his boss with a frozen fish… Drawing on personal experience of Julian Cayo Evans, self-styled leader of the Free Wales Army, Franco’s Bastard is a richly written and very funny play looking at the absurdities of nationalism through the eyes of Carlo – a romantic fascist who believes himself to be the illegitimate son of General Franco and “a horse owner and citizen of Rome.” £7.50/£5First Night Preview (10th) All Tickets £5Monday Saver (15 + 22nd) 2 for the price of 1.
Above critique I wrote regards 2002 showing of FB, have lost PC Word Version, could only republish here, this way from hard copy. Sorry, best I could do, am in a rush to go away again.
Photo above (Whose is it? if I knew I would credit) is of Cayo's funeral, over a 1000 attended and many patriots annually mark the anniversary of the death of Former FWA Commandant Cayo with grave side commemoration. When Dic Edwards dies, it will not be long before he his forgotten but Cayo will be ever remembered as long as there are Welsh Patriots to continue the struggle that Cayo and others began in the great 'Adfywiad Gwladgarol 1963 - 1969. See http://awnms.blogspot.com
Fe Godwn Ni Eto!
Gethin ap Gruffydd
Former PF-FWA Volunteer, imprisoned with Comrade Cayo 1969.
Note Email below, I was recently sent and of course the matter raised are quite pertinent and worthy of our attention and consideration, giving further reason for patriotic protest:
I sent an email to Chapter, using their feedback form - >http://www.chapter.org/aboutus/feedback.html>> http://www.chapter.org/2376.html - This web page refers to the play " > Franco's Bastard " being based on the author's experience of Cayo, and the > play depicts somebody totally deluded and enamoured of Fascism which Cayo > was not. I think that this libels the man and by association libels those > who associated themselves with him. I think that you should remove this > statement, or modify it at the least to make it clear that this play is > not about Cayo, and that Cayo did not share the beliefs of the character > portrayed.>
Get the point? What are your oppinions on this? G.
12 April 2007
For Scottish Nationalism: See Jacobites and Jacobins 1648 - 1848. Study Sir Walter Scott and Scottish Nationalism. Search Web For Material on above subject matter and on Scott's three Jacobite Novels:
Rob Roy, Red Gauntlet and Waverly.
In a Walnut Shell (I will explain why a Walnut Shell another time): The above three novels are Scott's great "Jacobite" works of fiction; Rob Roy is a pretty straight forward "Romantic Adventure" (as is Stephenson's Kidnapped), Red Gauntlet however starts to be more questioning. However, in Waverly the whole complexity of Scotland's agony and anxt is played out with regards the choices Scotland must face between an increasingly seen "old and backward Jacobite World with it's traditional conservative Highland clans" on the one side. On other hand 'English Hanorvarianism' which more and more is seen as being, if not radical then at least progressive and of course calls to an upwardly mobile Scottish Bourgeoisie and Mercantile Capitalist class. Not least 'English Hanorvarianism' appeals to Scots educated in Industry and science at the dawning of English Empire.
To most Lowlander Scots at this time there is really no "going back to a distant past", read the material I have suggest you read which is noted above and hopefully it will help you come to your own conclusions om matters of identity and consciousness. I hope also importantly it will help you to understand more about Patriotism and Nationalism, both Welsh and in general via the means of exploring "Jacobitism and Jacobinism" in Scotland and in Wales (See my posting on David Morgan and the Welsh Jacobites in my Adfywiad blog http://adfywiad.blogspot.com). Unfortunately, there is no straight and clear comparison between Scotland and Cymru in period 1648 - 1848 but nevertheless at attempt at some comparative study will be useful to an understanding of politics in Cymru possibly; past, present and future. Especially if you read the Scottish material brought to your attention, and ask yourselves and consider questions regards similar choices the Cymry faced but at a much earlier date than the Scots. The "Scottish Anxt" in Waverly can be detected in a "Cymric Anxt" in time of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Owain Glyndwr and not least in the Tudor Period. Be time Cymru reaches the "Jacobite and Jacobin" period the "Cymric Anxt" no longer exists as we have become full on - "White Anglo - Saxon Protestants" and we largely remain so up to relatively modern times, even today the residue of the "Hanoverian WASP Honey Trap" lingers on.
Unfortunately ''Hanovarianism'' even contaminated "Welsh Jacobinism", from their acceptance of "English Republicanism" to their acceptance of "English Socialism". Of course the great problem is that neither has "Welsh Political Nationalism" and particularly "Welsh Cultural Nationalism" totally escaped their "Hanoverian Honey Trap" either. Prior to that there was the "English Protestant Reformation" and then Cromwellian Puritan Ideology Colonised fully Cymric Consciousness by means of the 'Commission for the Promotion of the Gospel in Wales'(see Web). These are all matters I have dealt with else where but now let this material noted here, set you off on your own journeys of discovery.
In conclusion where Scott in Rob Roy is "Romantically Sympathetic" to the "Old Jacobite Cause" (which by the way only become a nationalist in reaction caused by the horrors of Hanovarianism in wake of failiure of the revolt of 1745) but by time of Waverly Scott like so many of his country men is going over to the British Hanoverian Union with England. The Irony is then that Scott in preparing a welcome for visit of the English Hanoverian King to Scotland recreates the "Romantic Old Jacobite Past'', Kilts and all etc and even restores the "Honours of Scotland" (national royal treasures). All this plus his "Jacobite Books" creates an ''acceptable'' Scottish Identity which aroused a Patriotic pride upon which eventually are later built the foundations of a political Scottish Nationalism which is always and ever it seems much stronger that "Welsh Nationalism" will ever be. Now why is that? I have my opinions why but I will leave you come to your own, of course do also note that ''Scotts reworked Scottish Identity'' was equally expropriated by British Imperialsm, as in Cymru via formation of Scottish and Welsh Regiments as part of the Imperial British Army. Allowing the ''Celtic Soldiers'' of these ''Mercenary Regiments'' opportunity to express largelly ''Patriotic Protestant Pride'' in observing their Saints days, eating haggis and leeks. Not least in case of Scotland the Kilt became part of this tradition the English Imperialists found quite safe to allow, so those amongst you being persuaded by the Speudo Phoney Patriotism of ''Tartan Taffery'' take great care the blind allyway you are being taken down ok!
Gethin ap Gruffydd.