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Undeb Theatre launches with The Project Theatre, comedy, poetry and all for the price of a pint as a new vibrant young theatre company launches with a mini festival next month.
Tired of expensive theatre that didn’t speak to their generation, BBC Wales Crash star Alex Vlahos and fellow actor Tom Cullen decided it was time to create new company Undeb Theatre.

The two graduates of Royal Welsh College and Drama will host a one day festival, The Project, packed full of award-winning writers, poets, comedians and musicians at nightclub Ten Feet Tall on October 4.

Actor, writer and director Tom said, “It will be fast, funny, beautiful, poignant, brash and relevant. Straight to the point. It’s cheap, you can have a pint whilst watching it and when it’s all done we’ll have a massive party at the end!”

Concerned that friends found theatres pretentious and intimidating places the pair were determined to put on events that were the antithesis of modern theatre.

With that in mind The Project will feature a packed line up of new and established talent which mixes new writing, poetry and comedy all in a club setting that Alex hopes will encourage people to experience something new.

The 21-year-old writer “It's something to get excited about because what we're doing is something that Cardiff has never witnessed before, it's a crazy, wonderful and nerve wracking idea, and, if we pull it off, then we can go on and make it bigger and better with more events.

“People should come because there will be something for everyone and you might see things that you never thought you'd like and your mind may be changed.”

Award-winning writer Joel Horwood was specially commissioned to write one of the new 20-minute plays that will make up the event. Horwood, who won the Cameron Mackintosh Award for his first play Mikey the Pikey, while his three-hander Is Everyone OK? enthralled the crowds at this year’s Latitude Festival. Writers Abi Zakarian, Samuel Bees and Alex Vlahos himself, will also write new 20-minute plays for the event. As one of the writers of the Young Sherman programme, Alex’s last full-length play Sunflowers was performed as part of the Sherman Cymru Springboard Festival.

Split across the four floors of the nightclub there will be a series of shorter, reactive theatre to entice the audiences.

Four writers, including Laura Cairns and Neil Bebber, will each be tasked with writing a new10-minute monologue in response to a newspaper headline chosen by Undeb Theatre.

Both Tom (24) and Alex (21) are used to working together after meeting at college and graduating in July. The pair wrote and produced a short film Naughties last year and are in talks with the Film Agency of Wales to develop it into a feature length film.

Alex said, “I met Tom during College and we instantly clicked. Both of us have the same drive, ambition and creativity. I think it was only a matter of time before we both started to work together in theatre, we both talked passionately about our frustration at the lack of relevant theatre in Cardiff- UndebTheatre is the spawn of all those discussions.”

The mini festival will take over the whole of nightclub 10 Feet Tall and will also feature a series of spoken word performances from Molly Naylor, Jack Stannard, Kit Lambert and Chris Reily, comedians Horse & Louis and Steve Bisland plus live art from Tom Eams.

*The Project @ Ten Feet Tall, 12 Church Street, Cardiff. October 4, 3pm-3am
 
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