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LOCAL AUTHOR’S ‘ON THE BLACK HILL’ RETURNS TO GWENT     

LOCAL AUTHOR’S ‘ON THE BLACK HILL’  RETURNS TO GWENT By public demand, the lyrical production of Bruce Chatwin’s magical novel On the Black Hill, returns to Gwent for another performance at the Melville Theatre, Abergavenny, next Friday, November 28.

The work, adapted by award-winning Gwent playwright Charles Way, is again on national tour and first came to Abergavenny a year ago, playing to a full house.

So many people were clamouring for tickets, that Gwent Theatre administrator Julia Davies commissioned a return visit to give others a chance to see the play which is set on the Welsh border and spans most of the last century.

“It’s reallygreat to be able to bring On the Black Hill to Abergavenny again with all it’s local associations. It’s a beautiful production with some lovely music.”

The play centres on the lives of identical twins Lewis and Benjamin Jones who have one identity but two realities.

For 42 years the pair slept side by side, in their parent’s bed, at their farm which was known as The Vision.

It is a winning story of twinship, love and belonging and throws an extraordinary light on the values of our changing times through war and peace. It won both the Whitbread Book and the James Tait Black awards.

Charles Way, who lives in Abergavenny, is praised for this beautiful adaptation which captures the harsh realities and humour of farming life and the unique struggle of the twins.

On the Black Hill is a co-production between ajtc Theatre Company and Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, directed by Geoff Bullen with original music by Lewis Gibson.

The Melville Theatre has just 75 seats so you are advised to book early for the 7.30pm show. Tickets (£8 and £6) are from the Borough Theatre box office in Abergavenny, tel 01873 850805.
More information at www.gwenttheatre.com.




Brief Profiles

Charles Way has over 40 plays to his credit and is performed all over the world. He is published by Seren, Harper Collins and Aurora Metro Press and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain and the Welsh Academy of Authors. He has won numerous awards including the 2004 ACE Children’s Award for Red Red Shoes. He also writes for radio and television.

Bruce Chatwin was the foremost travel writer of modern times whose works include The Songlines (about Aboriginal songs), The Viceroy of Ouidah (slave trade) and Utz (which deals with an obsession with collecting. He was only 48 when he died .

Ajtc Theatre Company was established in Guildford 10 years ago and specialises in new writing and new productions of established scripts. It plays in national and international venues as well as theatre studios and takes part in many festivals through the UK and attracts the praise of national theatre critics.

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is one of the country’s leading regional producing theatres with a reputation for top quality entertainment.

Director Geoff Bullen is an adventurous practitioner who teaches Shakespeare at RADA and for New York University. His career encompasses all areas of theatre and includes the Olivier-award winning Of Mice and Men in the West End, Murder in the Cathedral in Japanese in Tokyo and Oliver! in HMP Wormwood Scrubs (just visiting!).
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