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Erogenous Zones at the New Theatre

Welsh playwright Frank Vickery returns to the New Theatre with his heartfelt comedy drama Erogenous Zones from Tuesday 4 November. Ian Watkins stars in this bittersweet story which follows five people as they weave a web of sexual intrigue which has audiences laughing one minute and gasping in shock the next.

In Erogenous Zones Vickery combines laugh-out-loud humour with a painfully accurate reflection of everyday life in Wales. The story is set over a bank holiday weekend and follows Michael (Ian Watkins) who is hopelessly in love with his flatmate Andrew, who does nothing to discourage his many advances. To complicate matters Andrew, unbeknownst to Michael is having an affair with Lesley. Lesley’s marriage is all but over and husband Tom’s ten year affair with Alison is also going nowhere. When Alison confides in Michael everything comes full circle! All looking for happiness, these people find their entangled lives unwinding as secrets come out into the open.

The talented welsh cast is led by Ian ‘H’ Watkins, perhaps best known for being part of the pop group Steps. He has since gone on to star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and more recently received rave reviews as the menacing Childcatcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Ian is no stranger to Frank’s work having previously starred in A Night on the Tiles last year. Frank explains “I’m delighted that Ian has chosen to join us once more, he was a massive hit last autumn and audiences loved him. I am really enjoying working with him again.”

Joining Ian are recent Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduate Lewis Cook, Michelle McTernan who has worked extensively with Clwyd Theatr Cymru and the Wales Theatre Company and also appeared in hit film Very Annie Mary, Victoria Pugh (Pobol Y Cwm, Torchwood, Casualty) and Ross O’Hennessy (The Passion, Torchwood, Rosemary and Thyme).

Erogenous Zones is Frank’s slickest and most sophisticated writing to date, and also his favourite. First staged in 1992 this brand new production is directed by its original director Phil Clark, who has directed over 45 productions for Sherman Cymru.

Frank started writing whilst still in school and had his first major success at the age of twenty-one when his first comedy After I’m Gone won the Howard De Waldon Trophy for Best One-Act Play in the country. He now writes extensively for theatre, radio and television and was recently the subject of the BBC documentary On Show: Kiss and Tell.

Erogenous Zones is at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 November. Suitable for Ages 16 years and above. Tickets range from £7.00 - £19 and can booked via the Box Office on 029 2087 8889 or online* at
New Theatre Cardiff  
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