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Roar Ensemble in a co-production with Sherman Cymru presents "Maudie’s Rooms"     

Roar Ensemble in a co-production with Sherman Cymru presents From the creative team who brought you Sherman Cymru’s very popular Cinders and Plum and Me, Will!, Maudie’s Rooms will be a sumptuously visual, promenade adventure for family audiences during the Easter Holidays. With magical inside-out environments, extraordinary characters, scents, sounds, mysterious riddles to solve and a cracking story, this promises to be something really different!

Maudie’s Rooms is played out in an old Customs and Immigration house on Bute Street, where audiences will follow an enchanting tale. Encountering the extraordinary characters who inhabit the old boarding house, audiences will find themselves immersed in the world of Maudie's Rooms, where her intriguing lodgers will share their strange and surprising stories from history. Just a little bit scary, but very thrilling...

Running from 11- 26 April, this theatrical journey will begin at a Bus Stop. Here an unsuspecting, and very intimate audience of just 20, will first encounter Professor Arlo Butterworth - and discover that he is in a dreadful pickle. Having abandoned poor Harriet at the Altar he had hopped on a bus - and finds himself completely lost! And now, right out of the blue, he has received a mysterious message summonsing him back to the old Seaside Boarding House of his childhood. The audience join Arlo on his perilous journey, as he once again encounters the extraordinary lodgers in Maudie’s Rooms and, with their help, remembers the lessons from his past.

Writer and director Louise Osborn (who created Sherman Cymru’s family Christmas shows Cinders and Plum and me Will!) was inspired to create this magical and thrilling family play after hearing stories from her own family's history.
“A while ago I started a curious collection. Weird and wonderful objects, pictures, childhood memories, stories and characters from my family’s past began to fill my house! I wrote and
illustrated a little book, Maudie’s Rooms, where all these unlikely characters resided together. After forming my company, The Roar Ensemble, with support from Sherman Cymru, I then collected together my highly treasured creative and production teams. I wanted us to create something really special for family audiences to explore together, with rich storytelling and an exciting visual and sensory experience at it's heart. Thanks to Production Development funding from Arts Council of Wales we’ve been able to make this big idea happen.” said creator Louise Osborn.

As part of a Arts Council of Wales Development grant Maudie’s Rooms had a trial run in the house in Bute Street last Summer, performing to sold out audiences.
“Last year this atmospheric old building on Bute Street somehow made the story really come to life - and was interactive for audiences. The feedback we had was overwhelmingly positive with many people unable to see it due to 'sell out' and many others wanting to see it again. Thanks to further support from Arts Council Wales, we are so excited to be able to develop this ambitious project to a full production. The beautiful historical building - each room with a different environment - and the dark mysterious corners and corridors really allowed our characters and stories to become real. Maudie's Rooms is both very funny and very moving in places - and audiences should also come prepared to be slightly scared and very thrilled!”

The cast for Maudie’s Rooms includes Julie Barclay (Tess of the Dubervilles), Anthony Correa (National Theatre Wales DeGabay), Adam Fuller (National Theatre Wales’s Praxis Makes Perfect), Hannah McPake (National Theatre Wales’s Silly Kings, Sherman Cymru’s Cinders, Plum and Me Will), Katy Owen (Sherman Cymru’s Cinders, Plum and Me Will) and The Whispering Twins (puppets).

Maudie’s Rooms will be performed from 11- 26 April at 3pm & 7pm at a site -specific location on Bute Street in Cardiff Bay. Details of which will be given on time of booking. Tickets £8, Family Tickets are £28 (no booking fees). Suitable for children and adults aged 7+. For full details and listings of shows please visit or contact Sherman Cymru’s Ticket Office on 029 2064 6900. Note this is a promenade performance so there will be some periods of
standing and walking around the space.

Julie Barclay Maudie
Anthony Correa Nurse Sharpethorne, Solomon, Eugenious
Adam Fuller Arlo The Man, Sir Titus Spicketts, Teppo
Hannah McPake Lilith, Miss Sweetpea, Mary Butterworth
Katy Owen Mimi, Buddy Sprout, Arlo The Boy
The Whispering Twins

Writer & Director: Louise Osborn
Composer: John Rea
Designer: Jennifer Lee / Mary Drummond and Angharad Matthews
Costume Designer / Assistant Designer: Angharad Matthews
Lighting Design and Project Management: Ben Tyreman
Stage Manager: Glesni Price-Jones
Sound Technician: Nick Palmer
Costume Assistant: Amy Barrat
Carpenter / Builder: David Price
Photography / Archive: Simon Clode
Sherman Cymru  
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