Gelligaer go for GOLD!  

Gelligaer Young Farmers Club is based in south Wales in the county federation of Glamorgan. In 2020 this enthusiastic, passionate, and friendly club only had six members. Fast forward four years and a lot of hard work from the older members, the club is going from strength to strength with a current membership figure of 45 members.  

On Sunday 10th March during the Wales YFC English language Drama Competition, Gelligaer performed ‘Game of Tiaras’, a comedy by prolific playwright Don Zolidis. The club chose this script as it offered the club a wide range of characters to get as many members involved as possible – many making their stage debuts this year. 

“When an ageing King of a magical land decides to split his empire between his daughters Cinderella, Belle, and Snow Queen, terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, comic tragedy! Combining the plot twists of Game of Thrones with the despair of Shakespearean tragedy King Lear, as the body count mounts the question is who will win the game?” 

The play which was performed at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon had the audience in fits of laughter. During the award ceremony GODA judge Mike Kaiser awarded the ‘Paul Elkington Productions Trophy for technical achievement’ to Gelligaer YFC for their impressive set and colourful costumes! 

Gelligaer YFC receiving the Paul Elkington Productions Trophy for technical achievement.

The next award of the evening was brand new for 2024 for the most promising junior performer. Gelligaer YFC had three nominations in this section, Huw for his role as the King, Ffion for her role as Snow Queen and Hollie for her role as Belle. Huw was crowned winner in this category! 

The next award of the evening was the Best Female Performer. Gelligaer YFC received two nominations, Hollie for her role as Belle and Ffion for her role as Snow Queen with Ffion winning overall! 

Hollie as “Belle”

The fourth award of the evening was the Best Male Performer. Edmund Williams from Gelligaer YFC received a nomination for his role as Prince Charming. Deryn Evans from Builth Wells YFC won this award for his role as Richard Hannay in the 39 Steps Abridged.  

Edmund Williams as “Prince Charming”.

The final award of the night was the E G H Trumper Trophy for the best performance which was awarded to ‘Game of Tiaras’ by Gelligaer YFC. 

Ollie Morgan, Chairman of Gelligaer YFC receiving the E G H Trumper Trophy from GODA adjudicator Mike Kaiser for the Best Performance.

Wales YFC would like to congratulate Gelligaer YFC from Glamorgan for their achievements on Sunday. With a huge increase in membership over the last four years, it looks like there is a great future for this young club!  

Gelligaer YFC will now go on to represent Wales YFC at the NFYFC National Finals on Saturday 20th April in Leamington Spa. Runners up, Builth Wells YFC from Brecknock will also be representing Wales with their production ‘The 39 Steps Abridged’. Good luck to both teams!