All of the work that I do as a Leadership and Public Speaking Coach is underpinned by a vast storehouse of creative experiences. I have been a professional performer, writer and broadcaster since 1980. My professional creative career has encompassed live television, films, radio, directing numerous theatre in education productions, voice-overs, theatre and cabaret. I started performing in 1961 as a tiny tot in chapel productions and have been quite prolific since then! The three projects I am now directly involved with, apart for appearing on live television every three weeks on S4C’s ‘Pnawn Da’ (Good Afternoon) in the ‘Clwb Clecs’ (Gossip Club) are the following
St. David's Day
Gwenno created and co-written an Anthem for Saint David’s Day entitled ‘Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi’ (Ring the bells for Saint David) which was launched by the Assembly in 2008 as the central focus of a brand new pack of educational resources specifically for Welsh teachers to celebrate Saint David’s Day.
This year, she was invited to become the Americymru Saint David’s Day Ambassador to the world in recognition of the pro-bono work she had completed, in developing Saint David’s Day activities in Wales and around the world.
Gwenno Dafydd’s original idea to create School and County Banners based on the Saint David’s Day Anthem to be paraded in schools on Saint David’s Day. Western Mail article. (2014)
Americymru’s Saint David’s Day World Ambassador. (2017) Article: https://americymru.net/contributors
Gwenno Dafydd sings and Heulwen Thomas accompanies the Anthem. (Bilingual words Gwenno Dafydd. Music Heulwen Thomas.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_u2EmsnXDI
Children from South and North Wales, Los Angeles and Patagonia singing the song in unison. Item originally on ‘Wedi Saith’, Tinopolis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrO1cZRLTYQ
Stand Up Sock It To Them Sister
A product of twenty years of research, Stand Up & Sock it to them Sister is an entertaining and powerful statement for not only female stand-up comics but for any woman working in a male dominated environment. With wit and humor, the passionately Welsh Woman Gwenno Dafydd, presents over 80 interviews of incredibly talented women including Joan Rivers, Amy Schumer, Jo Brand, Ronni Ancona, Helen Lederer and Nina Conti which includes advice on how to on how to overcome the barriers and restrictions so they can make it to the top of this male dominated profession.
This is what ‘Funny Women’ – the U.Ks leading comedy community says about Stand up & Sock it to them Sisters. Funny Feisty Females. ‘Gwenno Dafydd has written the ultimate canon of female stand-ups’
Passionate About Piaf
Gwenno is acknowledged as the Welsh ‘Piaf’ as she has been performing her songs numerous times on the radio, television and concerts throughout the years. In 2015 a programme idea by Gwenno was commissioned by the BBC to celebrate a hundred years since the birth of Piaf. Gwenno sang a song which appeared throughout the programme.
Gwenno created a ‘one woman’ tribute show which connected some of Piaf’s most famous songs with stories about her incredible life entitled ‘Passionate about Piaf’. She has performed some of Piaf’s songs to great acclaim in the South of France in front of a French audience. She presented the show entirely through the medium of Flemish in Café Kiebooms in Antwerp. She has performed some of the Piaf songs in New York in the world famous off-Broadway piano bar.’Don’t Tell Mama’. She will be performing the show in the West End in August 2019