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On the Edge     

On The Edge

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

A second series of rehearsed readings of plays by both new and established Welsh writers produced by Michael Kelligan.

Between September and November last year Michael Kelligan presented rehearsed readings of the following: Patrick Jones’ The War is Dead, Long Live the War directed by Karl Francis, extracts from the three plays in The Merthyr Trilogy, directed by author Alan Osborne, My Piece of Happiness by Lewis Davies, directed by Bethan Morgan, Lewis Davies’ latest play Spinning The Round Table will be toured by Hijinx Theatre in the autumn this year. He directed Ian Rowlands A Blue Heron in the Womb with “performances of an intensity and mastery that is quite unexpected in such events as these” David Adams Western Mail.

In association with Parthian Books he launched a new anthology of plays by Mark Jenkins with extracts directed by the author. Jenkins play Playing Burton has just completed a run at the Weston Studio at the Wales Millennium Centre.

The new season of readings will take place at 8pm in the Media Centre, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.
Tickets £3 (on the door)

Wednesday Feb 9th
MUSIC YOU DON’T NORMALLY HEAR by Alan Perry

Alan Perry, Swansea based poet, short story writer and
Artist/illustrator spent months on the streets of Swansea
Talking to homeless people. He has published their stories
In a book and now a play revealing many of the highs and
the lows of the human condition.
Director – Karl Francis

Karl Francis is best known for his hard-hitting films full of raw emotion and power such as Above Us The Earth, The Mouse and The Woman, Giro City with Glenda Jackson, Ms Rhymney Valley, a look at sexual politics during the 1984 miner’s strike, Boy Soldier, The Angry Earth, a history of the South Wales coalfields through the eyes of a 110 year old woman, with a superb performance from Helen McCory. His latest film One of the Hollywood Ten, a tribute to US director Herbert Biberman, blacklisted in the anti-Communist purges in the ‘40s and ‘50s was recently seen on BBC Wales.


Monday Feb 21st
WILD MERTHYR SKIES by Mark Hardwidge –
New writer from Merthyr.
Director Steve Fisher

Steve Fisher was until recently Associate director of the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. He has just completed a spell with Clwyd Theatr Cymru and is currently directing with Theatr Na Nog.
Is it just pub gossip or does something more
sinister lie beneath those wild Merthyr skies? +
Alan Osborne reads a verse synopsis of his latest
Based play ‘Slaughter on Grand Avenue’.



Wednesday March 9th
CROSSING THE BAR by Lucy Gough

Lucy Gough was born in London. She spent her early years in Beddegelert. Crossing The Bar was shortlisted for both the John Whiting Award and BBC
Wales Writer of the Year Award. She has had a number of plays broadcast on BBC Radio3 and 4. For the last four years she has been script writing the TV Soap Hollyoaks and Lectures in Radio Drama at the University of Wales,Aberystwyth.

Director Elen Bowman

Elen Bowman is, with Robert Bowman joint Artistic Director of Living Pictures. Past directing credits include Timon of
Athens at Turtle Key Art Centre, Leave the Light On at the RNT Studio and Ironmistress by April de Angelis for Cardiff
based Common Pulse Theatre. She teaches directors at the Royal Court and gives private tutorials for actors, directors and opera singers. She has directed TV drama for both BBC and HTV.


Wednesday March 23rd
BURNED by Othniel Smith
Director Hugh Thomas

Wednesday April 27th
TWO OF ME NOW by Susan Richardson
Director Sharon Morgan
(Sylvia Plath and Virginia Wolf in conversation),
A beautifully written exploration of the biological as well as the literary aspects of motherhood, examining the broader concepts of female creativity in life and art.
TOSSER by Derec Jones
Director Gareth Potter
You’ve heard of ‘Little Britain’ here’s ‘Little Wales!’

Wednesday May 25th
UTAH BLUE by Dic Edwards
Director Michael Kelligan

Michael Kelligan (producer, director, actor,)

Michael Kelligan set up this series of readings last year, as a development of ‘Raw Nights’ that he produced at Dempsey’s Irish Bar, opposite Cardiff Castle, just over a year ago. Michael has worked in the theatre in and around Cardiff for over thirty years, first with the Welsh Drama Company at the Casson Studio Theatre, now the Rubicon Dance Centre. As Production Manager of the Welsh National Opera and Drama Company he was responsible for the technical staging of the first play at the Sherman Theatre, Gogol’s The Government Inspector, staring James Booth, Robin Nedwell, William Squire and Mary Wimbush. He became General Manager of Theatre Yr Ymylon and was the first Artistic Director of the Nell Gwynne Theatre in Hereford. As an actor he has appeared at The Sherman Theatre, The New and Chapter. He has presented his own One-man plays The Sprit of Enniskillen and Michael Emlyn’s Dylan at Chapter, St Donats Arts Centre and at The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. His career was interrupted by a long illness that resulted in him receiving a heart transplant in Papworth Hospital thirteen years ago.

On The Edge is a major step in re-establishing his career.

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