In the summer of 1989, a farmer's wife gave birth to a baby girl. In this moment Buddug James Jones became heir to her family's three hundred year old farming dynasty. Now as a modern young woman, Bud is desperate to change her destiny. Leaving five generations of tradition behind, she sets out alone into the big smoke encountering men, heartbreak, drama and hilarity along the way accompanied by live music and Welsh cakes. Hiraeth is a Welsh word with no direct English translation; it is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness and desire - a pride you feel for your roots and a sadness for the loss of a way of life. The show rejoices in this universal emotion with which everyone can empathise even as Bud wrestles with the knowledge that her departure marks a time of change and sounds the death knell for the family farm. Through one woman's struggle to escape and let go, Hiraeth explores the decline of Welsh identity and tradition.
Fringe Festival. Iron Belly, 56 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1EG