Category Archives: Deadlier Than The Male 2010

Night Horse by Catrin Clarke

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff Tues 7 Dec 8pm – £4 on the door

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Wed 8 Dec 8pm – £4

Cast

Dee (thirteen) – Eiry Hughes

Sian (Dee and Marcus’ mother) – Julie Barclay

Nansi (thirteen) – Jenni Davies

Voices – Bethan Morgan

Director

Lynn Hunter


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Photographs by Robert Harper

 

The Ordinary Three by Lotty Morris

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff Tues 9 Nov 8pm – £4 on the door

Theatre Halliwell, Trinity College, Carmarthen Wed 10 Nov 7:30pm – £6

Cast

A – Tom Mumford

B – Robert Harper

W – Polly Kilpatrick

Director

Elise Davison

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Photographs by Elise Davison & Robert Harper

 

An Absent Look by Merce Sarrias

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff Tues 26 Oct 8pm – £4 on the door

The Riverfront, Newport Thurs 28 Oct 7.45pm – £4

Cast

Young Man – Iain Goosey

Young Woman – Megan Brooks

Man – Tony Leader

Director

Ruth Garnault

Review

“An Absent Look” / R. S. Thomas

The latest “On The Edge” presentation at Cardiff’s Chapter, was a rehearsed reading of “An Absent Look” by Catalan author Merce Sarrias, directed by Ruth Garnault. Taking the form of a series of short, quite filmic scenes – some monologues, some wordless vignettes, some nervy conversations – it’s an anti-romantic comedy in which an earnest young woman disrupts the long-standing friendship between a middle-aged bookshop-owner and a young watchmaker. Megan Brooks played the Young Woman with just enough quirkiness to explain the attraction, while Tony Leader was effortlessly complacent as the older Man, with Ian Paul Goosey all confused nervous energy as his hapless rival. It seems to be a rule that dialogue comes across as stilted in translated plays (probably since plays are translated by linguists rather than dramatists), but the humour largely survived this, resulting in an enjoyably intriguing hour.Looking forward to the premiere, in Swansea, of the R.S. Thomasshow which I devised – seats still available, apparently.
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