Floating

I was born and raised on the Isle of Anglesey and even though I love the island, I’m also curious about the rest of the world. In 1982, I tried to leave the island to explore beyond the shore, but as I stepped foot on to Menai Bridge, an earthquake rent the bridge asunder and Anglesey started to float away from mainland Wales.

Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands in Floating, photo by John Baucher

Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands in Floating, photo by John Baucher

Floating is the story of my attempts to leave Anglesey, and how people on the island responded to Anglesey’s sudden departure from its usual abode. My friend Sioned helps me to tell the story, and she plays a number of characters, including my best friend Gareth, my Nain (who always wanted me to see the world) and Mr Morgan, my old teacher.

In 2011, Sioned and I worked with BBC Radio Producer James Robinson to adapt the story for radio, and this was first broadcast in January 2011. The story won a Best Scripted Comedy Drama award at the inaugural BBC audio drama awards in 2012.