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GULLIVER COMES TO ABERGAVENNY Gulliver, a masterful new play by Welsh writer Kit Lambert, comes to the Melville Theatre, Abergavenny, on Friday 4 December.

Written for Cardiff-based Hijinx Theatre, it delves deep into the heart of the supreme satirist Jonathan Swift, his turbulent relationships, misanthropy and his constant fear of madness and the asylum.

The text is a masterful combination of the biographical, the imagined and extracts from Gulliver’s Travels in a production which is lightened occasionally with humour and which has been widely acclaimed by critics.

The Stage praises Louise Osborn’s powerful production which portrays issues as relevant today as they ever were - economic manipulation, corruption, self-seeking politicians, immigration, the obscenity of starving nations in an affluent world, the insanity of war, greed, avarice, hypocrisy…
Brendan Charleson is the embittered Swift who gives a charismatic portrayal at times savage, vulnerable, yet also touching.

Dr Lemuel Gulliver is played with verve by Michael Wagg who attempts to calm his tormented patient, while Zoe Davies and James Ashton complete the cast with a range of contrasted roles, employing masks, puppets and a surprising use of furniture and props.

Gulliver is at the Melville Theatre, in the Drama Centre, Penypound, Abergavenny, on Friday 4 December at 7.30pm. Tickets (£7 & £5) are from the Borough Theatre box office 01873 850805.

For more information please contact Gwent Theatre 01873 853167 or email,
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