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FISHER , FRANCIS GEORGE ( 1909 - 1970 ), dramatist and producer ;

b. 26 Jan. 1909 in Bargoed, Glam. He was educated at Lewis' School , Pengam , and at University College , Cardiff , where he graduated in mathematics. For a short period he was a teacher in a missionary college in west Africa ; then in 1932 a mathematics teacher (and later deputy headmaster ) at Llangefni grammar school till his d. on 30 Jan. 1970 .

He published a novel, One has been honest ( 1930 ), and poems and stories in The Adelphi and in The Twentieth Century in the 1930s ; then he turned to drama and his play The disinherited was performed in Swansea Little Theatre in July 1939 . He joined the navy during the war and while he was in Iceland he made efforts to learn Welsh from Caradar 's booklet Welsh made easy . From then on he was intent on writing plays in Welsh . He wrote at least five short plays between 1945 and 1952 and three long plays: Catrin (which won him a prize in the national eisteddfod at Dolgellau , 1949 ), Y ferch a'r dewin ( 1958 ) (which shared a prize in the national eisteddfod at Rhyl , 1953 ), and Merch yw Medusa ( 1951 ). He also translated Andre Obey 's play, Noa ( 1951 ). However his most important contribution was to ensure that the drama society at Llangefni had a permanent home, with the creation of the Little Theatre which was opened in Pencraig , Llangefni in May 1953 . He was made director of the theatre and realised his vision of an amateur theatre regularly presenting plays of truly professional standard in Welsh and English .

Sources:

  • Taliesin , Aug. 1970 , 123-5;
  • Llywelyn Jones , Francis George Fisher, bardd a dramodydd , Anglesey, 1893 (1983) .

Author:

Bedwyr Lewis Jones (1933-92), Bangor

Published date: 2001