Manon Eames is an experienced freelance writer, actress and presenter based in Swansea, South Wales. She has worked as an actress and writer throughout Wales and beyond, initially specialising in performing (often co-writing) theatre for young people and community audiences in both Welsh and English, but also appearing in, and scripting, many main stage productions as well as television plays, series and several films, in both languages.
Her translations into Welsh from English and French for the stage have won critical acclaim, and her film “Eldra” won many national and international awards including five BAFTA Cymru Awards, one of which was Best Drama. She has worked extensively in radio drama as a performer and writer. Manon has also presented several series of children’s television for the BBC, including live broadcasts, and for many years was a presenter/gardener on S4C’s award winning series “Clwb Garddio” (Garden Club).
Manon is a regular contributor to news and magazine programmes, adjudicates at the National Eisteddfod, and gives talks and lectures to a wide variety of audiences. Her extensive contribution to the cultural life of Wales was recognised when she was finalist for the Welsh Woman of the Year Award in 2002.
Between 2007 – 13 Manon wrote the plays “Drowned Out” and “Porth y Byddar” for Clwyd Theatr Cymru and produced the film “Omlet”. She was also Writer in Residence with the National Youth Theatre of Wales, for whom she wrote three main-stage productions. She continued to play DI Williams in the BBC soap “Pobol y Cwm”, and also appeared in S4C’s 2010 Christmas film “Ar y Tracs 2”, the series “Pen Talar”, and played Rachel Roberts in the BBC series “Welsh Greats”. She also played Gwen in “Talking to the Dead” (Sky Drama). On stage she toured with “Wyneb Dros Dro” (Cwmni 3D) She was script consultant on the film “Pianissimo”, and joined the production team on BBC’s “Pobol y Cwm” for six months, script editing and storylining, followed by two months as acting Script Producer. She now writes regularly for the series. For BBC Radio Cymru she wrote the plays “Tridiau yn Chwefror” (starring Sian Phillips), and “Cysgod y Malvinas” and “Tu Hwnt i Ddagrau” (starring Matthew Rhys). She co-scripted an adaptation/translation of Rachel Tresize’s “Fresh Apples” for Theatr Fran Wen, and her TV series/adaptation of “Y Stafell Ddirgel/The Secret Room” was repeated on S4C. She was also a regular on the first rugby chat show “Yn Y Ryc” on BBC Cymru, and presented the website for the Campaign for Sustainable Development. In 2013 Clwyd Theatr Cymru staged a revival of Manon’s hugely successful adaptation of “Rape of the Fair Country.” Manon was also a mentor at the University of Wales, Cardiff with MPhil Scriptwriting students, and taught Welsh for Adults for Swansea University for the past five years.
Manon is a full member of Equity and The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, for whom she is Chair of the Welsh Committee. She also has a Higher Certificate in Translation from Aberystwyth University.
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2013 to present
Manon appeared on the theatre tour “The Good The Bad and the Welsh” (Frapetsus), wrote the radio play “Rhosod” for Radio Cymru, and is part of the the scripting/storylining team on “Gwaith Cartref” Series 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 (Fiction Factory) She continues to write for “Pobol y Cwm”(BBC). In 2016 initiated and won funding for the major new drama ‘Swansea’s Three Night Blitz” which played to packed houses. She also continues to do a significant amount of voice-over and translation work. Her first novel “Porth y Byddar” has just been published.
“Shirley Valentine” CBAC 1996, “Ty Jac/The House That Jack Built” Lolfa 1994, “Tapas” (contrib.) Gwasg Gwynedd 2012, “Porth y Byddar” Bwythyn 2017.