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Stairway to Heaven by Laurence Allan

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff Tues 14 April 2009, 8pm – £3 on the door

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Wed 15 April 2009, 7:30pm – £3

The Riverfront, Newport Thur 16 April 2009, 7:45pm – £4

Parc and Dare, Treorchy Fri 17 April 2009, 7.30pm – £3


Cast

Lisa Zahra

Nathan Sussex

Russell Gomer

Gareth Potter

Fraser Smith


Director

David Britton

 

Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill (In association with Notional Theatre)

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff, Tues 17 March 2009,

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Welsh Assembly, Cardiff

 

Cast

Jennifer Shakesby

Julie Barclay

Richard Tunley

Sara Beer

Michael Kelligan

Jessica Sandry

Gareth Wyn Griffiths

Tony Leader

Alice James

Lisa Zahra

Bethan Morgan

Steve Purbrick

Phil Read

Matthew Bulgo

Terry Victor

 

Director

Terry Victor

In Sunshine and In Shadow by Alan Osborne

Performance

Chapter, Cardiff, Wed 14 Feb 2007, 8pm, £3 on the door

Cast

Vee- Christine Pritchard

Day – Tony Leader

Babes – Lisa Zahra

Ga-Ga – Alex Harries

Cissie – Terry Victor

Stack – Brian Hibbard

Bernie – Aled Herbert

Dai Death – Michael Kelligan

Director

Michael Kelligan

Review

In Sunshine and In Shadow is the second play from the brilliant welsh playwright Alan Osborne’s Merthyr Trilogy. Part of a series called On The Edge, it presents script-held performances of plays by Wales’ best dramatists as featured in Hazel Walford Davies’ 2006 book, Now You’re Talking.In Sunshine and In Shadow portrays a family torn apart by poverty, addiction and secrets from the past. Set in Merthyr Tydfil, “the biggest council estate in Europe,” it explores how a cruel and ignorant society represses its natural artists, marking them out as different and wrong.

Gerri Smith shines in the lead role of the Mother, Vee, a wilting songstress wrought to death by her failed dreams, personal tragedy and raging drug addiction. Her exchanges with her severely disabled but gifted son Ga Ga, played by Alex Harries, vividly communicate how their creativity alienates them from their neighbours on the estate.

Despite being more than 20 years old, the play has lost none of its power, seeming more relevant as a piece of social commentary in a culture of Hoodies and ASBOs and where the wealth divide seems as strong as ever. Osborne’s gift for emphasising the poetry of the south Welsh vernacular breeds dialogue that is believable and haunting, animated to great effect by a sterling cast.

Packed into a small hot room it feels like a genuine piece of underground Welsh drama has been resurrected for one night only, with all the power and trepidation that a single performance can bring. A low-tech renaissance indeed and simply stunning.

Reviewed by: Nat Davies, Big Issue