SIÔN ROBERTS, estranged from his family, disenfranchised from his Welsh roots, delves into his murky past uncovering shocking secrets that will change his life forever.
Wales, 1980. As holiday homes blaze in a nationalistic backlash to English immigration, 25-year-old SIÔN ROBERTS is arrested and admitted to a psychiatric unit for assessment. JENNY JONES, therapist, encourages him to write, teasing out his chronically repressed memories.
He recalls the questionable paternity of his bullying father, MEURIG, and their shared humiliation at being unable to speak Welsh. Siôn absorbs Meurig’s extreme nationalistic ideologies, but still befriends the enigmatic English boy, FITZ.
Siôn steals a lighter and discovers a gun. Thus begins a series of fires, punctuated by a single gunshot after a family feud that leaves Meurig confined to a wheelchair. Siôn flees and he and Fitz take a crazy leap from a cliff top into the sea. Siôn gets into difficulty and Fitz saves him. But Siôn is now set on a downward spiral that he alone can stop.
As his trust in Jenny crumbles, Siôn flees the unit, charging relentlessly toward the final conflagration that will either save or destroy him.
‘Welsh, Not’ is a delicate balance of pathos, humour and menace. It portrays a struggle for personal and national identity, applicable to any small nation overshadowed by a larger neighbour.