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Autumn Feast of Diversity at the Melville     

Autumn Feast of Diversity at the Melville A diverse feast of productions is promised at The Melville Theatre in The Drama Centre, Abergavenny, this autumn.

The Hijinx Theatre of Cardiff launch the season on Friday 26 September with The Other Woman by Paul Swift – a moving play set at the time of World War 1 which explores the struggles of Megan Watkins, a young mother who is left alone in an isolated farmhouse when her husband goes off to war.

By contrast, the following month Gwent Theatre will stage Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur’an, set in 1960’s Paris by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt on Friday 17 October.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Schmitt is one of the most famous French language playwrights with several Molière awards and the French Academy’s ‘Grand Prix du Théâtre’. Translated by Patrick Driver and Patricia Benecke, the play features a boy of 13 who is caught stealing from a wise old shopkeeper. The unlikely pair become friends and embark on a journey that takes them from the streets of Paris to the whirling dervishes of the Golden Crescent.

Another contrast again when Sherman Cymru bring ‘Cinders’ by Cardiff writer/director Louise Osborn. The production is for children under 7 and their families and is staged during the day, at 11am and 1.30pm on Thursday 13 November.

On the same evening (Thurs 13 Nov), the scintillating Welsh comedian Steve Williams makes a return visit with a brand new stand up show.

Newport-born Williams, a star of the Edinburgh Festival, has been called ‘the prodigy’, ‘a natural storyteller’ and ‘rising star of the circuit’ by critics in The Independent, The Scotsman and Sunday Times.
Williams has played every comedy club in the UK and is in huge demand. “Luckily he enjoys playing to audiences close to home, which makes it fortunate for us,” says Julia Davies, administrative director of Gwent Theatre.

On Friday November 28, there is a second chance to see On the Black Hill – a lyrical production of Bruce Chatwin’s magical novel adapted by award-winning Gwent playwright Charles Way.

Set on the Welsh border, the work spans most of the last century and centres on the lives of identical twins Lewis and Benjamin Jones who live at the farm known as The Vision. It is a winning story of twinship, love and belonging which won both the Whitbread Book and the James Tait Black awards.

It is brought to Abergavenny by ajtc Theatre Company, directed by Geoff Bullen and is suitable for those 16-plus. On the Black Hill is likely to be a sell-out – as it was last year.

The Melville Theatre has just 75 seats so you are advised to book early. All evening shows are at 7.30pm and tickets are £8 & £6 from the Borough Theatre box office in Abergavenny, tel 01873 850805.

More information at 01873 853167 or www.gwenttheatre.com.
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