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The Angel's Arms - Pontardawe Arts Centre's new Cafe Series     

The Angel's Arms - Pontardawe Arts Centre's new Cafe Series As part of the launch of Pontardawe Arts Centres new Café Series, Peacock Vein Scriptshop are presenting their new play “The Angels’ Arms” where Kirsty, the barmaid, thinks she has heard it all: gluttony, lust, envy – but what is ‘sin’ and who’s keeping score anyway?

This is an innovative collaboration of nine writers who have been developing the play for the past two years. ‘It has been a fascinating experience to work so closely with other writers” says Emily Hinshelwood of Tairgwaith, co-founder of the group in 2004. “We have spent a lot of time negotiating characters and plot, interweaving our writing. Our different styles and approaches have meant quite a bit of compromise but an amazing amount of skill-sharing and a lot of laughs”.

The play is a light hearted look at whether the concept of sin still exists. This has led them to parts of the library they haven’t reached before. “I had to get out Sin for Beginners says Celia Thomas of Cimla who is both writer and actor for the play. Juliet Betts of Swansea has been scouring the media for sin-related articles cutting out relevant material; recently – she discovered - the Pope declared it’s time to update the seven deadly sins. Ally Thomas, Community Councillor in Neath Abbey says “when we started writing the play, we couldn’t remember all the seven deadly sins. Sin seems like an outdated concept. And that in itself was interesting.”

The group is delighted that the Arts Council of Wales and Pontardawe Arts Centre are supporting this production so generously. So, come along, grab a drink and eavesdrop on a night of sex, lies, laughs and suicide.

Tickets cost £6 or £3 for members of Pontardawe Arts Centre's Café Series. To book tickets for the Angels’ Arms phone Pontardawe Arts Centre on 01792 863722 or visit

Tuesday 15th September at 7.30pm
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