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Grey Seal Cut Stone - a new play by Bob Wallbank     

Theatr Powys has experienced an extraordinary year of working with young people of all ages in Powys schools and within its youth theatre programme. Significantly, the Company had the enormous pleasure and privilege of extending that work and sharing it with young Kosovan Albanian people in the city of Gjilan and outlying villages. It has been a year we will not easily forget. As the year draws to a close, the Company looks forward once again to meeting its community audience with its new play Grey Seal Cut Stone in the many community venues, arts centres and theatres we visit each year in December and January.

No one can truly know how the fireside stories began, but they come from ages long ago shrouded in mystery. Tales of the Selkies, the grey seals that would shed their skins and slip ashore as beautiful women dancing in the moonlight. The stories tell that if a human man were to spy a Selkie and capture her sealskin she would be trapped on the land and live with him - a fine, beautiful, but sad and wistful wife.

But they warn - should she find her skin again, she would immediately return to her true home in the sea and leave her husband pining for his lost love.

Theatr Powys and Bob Wallbank have crafted a new story – a musical, visual feast with beautiful puppetry, set at a time and in a place where reality and myth are one. At a time when the lives of human beings are entirely intermingled with the faery world and where the new ideas of science, technology and industry chime harsh notes in a harsh but beautiful natural environment.

Caitin is a child born and bred on the islands off the rugged coast of Ireland. For all her young life, she has listened in the firelit chimney corners of this far west to the tales of old. Her widowed father, out fishing, drags a half-drowned woman from the surf, pulls the weed from her mouth and brings her home. She stays to live with them. The village talks.

Into this world where myth and reality are one, an Engineer and his son, Sean, arrive to build a stone jetty. The storm breaks….

If, when you are grown, you travel to the wild west shores of Ireland or to the Orknies and Shetlands of the North - then listen hard and be sharp eyed. You may hear the song of the Selkies or see one dancing in the waves.

Grey Seal Cut Stone opens at CARAD, Rhayader on Friday 2 December 2005 and will then tour extensively across Wales until the end of January 2006. For further information please contact Theatr Powys on 01597 824444.
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