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ACCLAIMED PERFORMERS AT MELVILLE THEATRE, ABERGAVENNY Two acclaimed performers of contrasting talents take to the stage on consecutive nights at the Melville Theatre, in the Drama Centre, Abergavenny, next week.

First, on Thursday 13 November, the endearing Welsh comedian Steve Williams makes a return visit with a brand new stand up show.

Newport-born Williams, was a big hit at the Edinburgh Festival fringe and 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 increasingly in huge demand on the international stage.

The Herald critic Jay Richardson, says he’s a comedian with no obvious weaknesses, and advises audiences to catch him now, while he's still relatively unknown for his acutely resonating moments of everyday observation and memorable one-liners and asides.

He comes to Abergavenny as part of a national UK tour after playing venues in Paris, Bahrain and Dubai.

“When I spoke to him in October he was in the Middle East and we’re very lucky that he enjoys playing to audiences close to home so that he gets to see his family and friends,” says Julia Davies, administrative director of Gwent Theatre.

The following night, Friday 14 November, leading Welsh poet and playwright Patrick Jones, is at the Melville with “darkness is where the stars are”. There will also be an open mic session during the evening for poets to read their own work.

Patrick Jones’ poetry is described as harrowing, compelling and psychologically acute – juxtaposing the cruelty of domestic abuse against the pleasure of a new relationship.

The domestic abuse in question being that against men - still a taboo subject.

Harold Pinter says it’s “very strong stuff” and political commentator Peter Tatchell says “these poems engage and enrage”.

Both performances are at 7.30pm, tickets are £8 and £6 and can be obtained in advance from the Borough Theatre box office, 01873 850805.

For more information contact Gwent Theatre, 01873 853167, e:
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