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Wave of New Writing Hits The Sherman     

A double dose of new writing is lined up for the award-winning Sherman Theatre Company next month. The Welsh premiere of The Shadow of a Boy by Gary Owen and the stage premiere of Waves in the Chatroom by DJ Britton will be at The Sherman from 12 February – 12 March, running as two separate one act plays and as an exciting double bill.

The Shadow of a Boy, by Gary Owen, is a dark yet moving tale set in the 1980s. It is the story of Luke, an orphan who is about to enter comprehensive school. Hearing from his so-called friend Katie about the terrible things that could happen to him there, he seeks solace in his alter ego ‘Shadow’, sent from outer-space to assess whether Earth is fit to join the ‘Galactic League of Civilisations’. Alison Hindell, Senior Radio Drama Producer for BBC Wales directs this thought-provoking play which asks how, in a world where terrifying things happen on a daily basis, do we tell our children the truth without scaring them half to death.

Waves in the Chatroom, by DJ Britton, charts the relationship between two friends who meet in an Internet chatroom through their love of Super Furry Animals music. Along the way they encounter an egotistical Marconi who haunts the airwaves revelling in his creation. With music from the Super Furry Animals throughout and directed by Phil Clark, Artistic Director of the Sherman Theatre, Waves in the Chatroom is a modern urban tale for a computer generation.

Many extra events will be happening at The Sherman to run alongside these two productions, including ‘Llanybydder Mart’, a monologue written and directed by playwright Gary Owen, and a postcard ‘chatroom’ in the foyer. Pre-show workshops, or ‘Playdays’, on the themes of both plays will also be available for school parties who have booked to see either show.

Tickets for The Shadow of a Boy and Waves in the Chatroom are priced at just £5 for shows Monday – Thursday, £8 for shows Friday – Saturday, or £12 to see both plays as a double bill (please contact The Sherman for a full schedule). To purchase tickets or to find out more about the extra events and activities on offer, ring The Sherman’s Box Office on 029 2064 6900. The age guide for both shows is 13+.
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Alice Baynham
Thursday, January 20, 2005back

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