“Heb Hanes – Heb Hunaniaeth” “Without History – Without Identity”

The Price of Change

The team is busy during lockdown on a new work based on telling the story of Dr Richard Price the philosopher, theologian, political thinker, revolutionary, preacher and mathematician from Llangeinor in the Garw Valley near Bridgend in South Wales. The team has engaged in research, collected oral histories from the Garw valley residents and begunContinue reading “The Price of Change”

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We’ve been very frustrated as a new company over the last eighteen months – just like anyone else in theatre, pretty much all around the world. We have ideas, projects, and performances that we are longing to bringing to the stage and to audiences but that just hasn’t been possible.

That doesn’t mean, of course, that we have been idle. We have three projects in various states of development. The first is the ‘Price Project’ – for this we have a completed script and a cast in place. We have a collection of new poetry written and a score in the process of composition. This project is for performance in 2023, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Price. The plan is to perform in the Garw Valley initially and then to take the play elsewhere in Wales and hopefully, abroad.

The second project is a very different one indeed – looking at the more contemporary side of our mission and work – the starting point for this comedy was annual The Elvis Festival at Porthcawl – a huge event which we wanted to celebrate. This is a riotous, musical farce about a family of Welsh Elvis tribute performers. This play is in the latter stages of rehearsal and will tour venues across South Wales as soon as the pandemic conditions allow. We hope to perform the play at The Elvis Festival in Porthcawl in September 2022, also.

The third project, which is really at its inception, is a play looking at the lives of those who as a result of their beliefs, are forced to take refuge. We are focusing on ‘The Gunter House’ in Abergavenny, a place where, in the seventeenth century, Catholic priests took refuge, hiding in priest holes and in a secret chapel hidden amongst its walls. This will lead us to look at those who have travelled across the world to seek refuge in modern day Abergavenny – again in fear of their lives.

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