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60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESCAPE ATTEMPT TAKES CENTRE STAGE AS THEATR NA NOG RECEIVE HOMEFRONT RECALL BIG LOTTERY MONEY     

One of Wales’ most respected theatre companies for children, Theatr na n’Og, have been awarded £7,596 from the Homefront Recall Big Lottery Fund to restage their recent World War II production, Halt! Who Goes There? in Bridgend this March.

The grant will be used to stage two special performances for local schools and Senior Citizens groups at Pyle Life Centre on the 60th Anniversary of the escape attempt from Camp Island Farm in Bridgend during World War II. As well as watching the performances the children will eat lunch with the older generation and listen to their first hand memories of World War II.

Halt! Who Goes There? is set on and around the night of 10th –11th March 1945, when 70 German POWs tunnelled to freedom from Camp 198 in Bridgend. It was the biggest escape attempt made by German POWs during the Second World War and many were recaptured thanks to the support of the local community.

Arwel Davies, Dion Davies, Naomi Martell and Huw Tiplady play a group of friends who armed with sticks and catapults set about catching the gerries! In fact the whole community take part in the hunt for the POWs, even the local guide troupe! However, the children discover a much darker secret. Many true-life characters, facts and anecdotes are included in the play.

The company will also be holding two performances for the general public at Pyle Life Centre at 7pm on 10th & 11th March. Tickets can be purchased from Theatr na n’Og on 01639 641771 priced at £3 for adults and £2.50 for children. There is also family ticket available at £10 for two adults and two children.

Over 5000 children from schools across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend saw the production, staged at the Dylan Thomas Theatre in Swansea from September to December 2004 and this is a chance for the communities of Bridgend to also enjoy the performance and remember their local history.

Tina Costello, Senior Awards Officer for Home Front Recall expressed support: "The strength of this project is that Theatr na n'Og will have worked with schools and older people groups within the area. They will attend an interactive memory session to discuss and remember events in Bridgend during World War Two. This, together with the performance encapsulates the spirit of Home Front Recall"

Theatr na n’Og would also like to acknowledge additional donations towards the project totalling £1200 received from the Gibbs Charitable Trust, Oakdale Trust and the Ford of Britain Trust.


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Ceri Puckett
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Wednesday, March 09, 2005back

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