The Weather Factory was commissioned by National Theatre Wales as part of its inaugural season in which it created a “theatre map” of Wales. Exploring the weather in Snowdonia, The Weather Factory created a series of installations and experiences in a house in Penygroes, a small village on the edge of the mountains.

Audiences – in groups of between 1 and 6 people – collected the front door key to the house from the pub in the village, and let themselves in for a forty minute experience, which started with a glass of sherry and a mince pie, and took them on a journey not only through a house full of references to the weather – barometers, archives of photos of Snowdon at all times of year, televisions showing a collection of shifting skies – but also through the landscapes of the region; through rooms full of wind, rain, water, moss and mist.

The Weather Factory was inspired by a year’s worth of research trips to Snowdonia, during which David Harradine met and spoke with many people about the weather in north Wales. The project played with ideas that “the weather” is not only a natural phenomenon – an effect of the relationships between the sea, the sun and the landscape – but also a human drama, a way for us to talk about ourselves and the places in which we live.

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