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The James family rides to the support of Theatr Mwldan     

FOLLOWING the recent news that the Theatr Mwldan development project is now going ahead, Cardigan's James family are to launch a major fundraising drive at the venue.

A special performance of The Family, written by Mark Ryan, a hilarious musical romp through the confused world of Greek mythology starring Buddug, Elin, Eirian and Dilwyn James, will be presented at Theatr Mwldan on December 6, with all proceeds from the performance going directly to the development project.

Detailed design of the scheme is now under way, with a start on construction expected in late 2002.

Plans include the construction of a 250-seat auditorium with full stage facilities and the refurbishment of the existing auditorium, giving a greater choice of films and live entertainment in quality surroundings.

The disused Bath House outbuildings adjacent to the theatre will be renovated and extended to provide a new multi-media centre.

The total budget for the project is set at just over £6m.

The funding has been secured from a variety of sources including The Arts Council of Wales, Objective One, Ceredigion County Council and the WDA.

Theatr Mwldan's director, Dilwyn Davies, said, "The budget is extremely tight, and although £6m seems like a great deal of money, the project is aiming to accomplish a tremendous amount in making amazing improvements to the theatre, creating significant new economic opportunities in Cardigan and regenerating the whole area surrounding the theatre.

"We already know that we need to raise every extra pound we can from a major fundraising drive."

He added, "Theatr Mwldan is extremely grateful to the James Family for this benefit performance, and we hope that our audience will respond to their generosity equally by supporting the event."

The Family first premiered at the Mwldan in May this year.

Directed by Stephen Powell (whose previous credits include work at the National Theatre and RSC), it also features Joe Corbett.

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